Treatment for Chlamydia
Welcome to Qoctor’s online doctor service which can provide assessment, advice and treatment for Chlamydia.
Our online doctor will ask you some questions about your health, and may advise a video consultation.
Once you’ve been assessed, treatment may be recommended- you can then opt to have a paper prescription sent to your home or local pharmacy, or medication delivered to an address of your choice, from one of our partner pharmacies.
- Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection.
- It is spread by oral, vaginal or anal sex.
- It can be a silent infection, though has the potential to cause complications for both men and women, even when there are no obvious symptoms.
- Anyone who has had a positive test for Chlamydia, or who has had sexual contact with someone who has Chlamydia should be treated.
FAQs about Chlamydia
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact- oral, anal or vaginal. In most cases it is a silent condition, with no symptoms- this means it’s important for people who are sexually active to have regular testing.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in women
- most women with Chlamydia will have no symptoms- i.e. it is often a silent infection
- a change in vaginal discharge- it may increase in amount, and become yellow-green, brown, and smelly.
- bleeding between periods or after sex
- pain during sex
- pelvic pain
- a burning sensation when passing urine
- pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may involve fever, pelvic pain and general unwellness
- complications such as reduced fertility and a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy
Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men
- most often there are no symptoms of Chlamydia in men- it is silent
- a burning sensation when passing urine
- pain or ache in the testicles
- a discharge from the penis
- over time, it can reduce fertility (if untreated)
It is usually diagnosed by a simple urine test, or sometimes by taking a swab. Other tests may be recommended if you have had anal or oral sex. There are a number of other STIs you may wish to be checked for that may involve additional tests. When infection is highly suspected, treatment for Chlamydia should be started without delay before test results are available. Rapid treatment reduces the risk of complications in the future.
Treatment for chlamydia involves taking an antibiotic. A doctor or sexual health clinic will be able to arrange this if necessary.
Due to the high rate of re-infection, it’s advised to get tested again after 3-6 months. Anyone who is sexually active should continue to get tested regularly, particularly if you have multiple sexual partners.
If you’ve tested positive for chlamydia, you should let your recent sexual partners know so they can be treated. They may have silent infection but no symptoms of chlamydia, so they may be completely unaware. You can do this anonymously if needs be, via www.letthemknow.org.au if you feel unable to tell them in person.
Health Library- Sexual Health
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are very common – so it’s wise to be well-informed and proactive about sexual health.
Many STIs can be silent- in women, Chlamydia may present with abnormal vaginal discharge, unscheduled vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain-but sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, even silent infection can cause problems- such as scarring of the fallopian tubes, leading to fertility issues in the future and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy- a potentially life-threatening condition when a pregnancy develops outside the uterus. Therefore, it’s very important to get early treatment for chlamydia, if possible. In men, there may also be no symptoms, though some may experience a burning sensation when passing urine, discharge from the penis or discomfort in the testicles. Gonorrhoea and Mycoplasma Genitalium are less common STIs, but can cause very similar symptoms.
Genital Herpes is carried by around 1 in 8 adults, though the majority of these carriers are unaware they have it. However, they can still transmit it to others, even as silent carriers. Genital Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV2)- the first infection often involves intensely painful blisters and ulcers in the genital region. A swab of the lesions may be taken to confirm the diagnosis. Once you’ve had genital herpes once it never leaves the body- some people will continue to have flare ups from time to time, in others it may lie dormant. It’s very hard to diagnose it when it’s in its silent or dormant state.
People who are sexually active should consider regular STI screening- obviously the more partners one has, the more often check ups are recommended. STI screening will usually involve a urine test for common STIs, and a blood test for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis. And if you’ve got an STI, it’s important to inform previous partners who may also be affected. If you are not able to do this directly or in person, you can do it anonymously at www.letthemknow.org.au . For more information on STIs, browse our library below.
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