Treatment for Chlamydia
Welcome to Qoctor’s online doctor service which provides assessment & treatment for Chlamydia. Just answer some simple questions, then book a phone or video consultation. If treatment is advised, you can have your prescription emailed direct to your local pharmacy (or posted to you), OR you can get medication delivered.
- It costs $24.99 for a consultation, which also covers any prescription(s) issued.
- If you request to have medication delivered to you, the cost of medication will be added.
- Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection.
- It is spread by oral, vaginal or anal sex.
- It can be a silent infection, though can cause complications for both men and women, even when there are no obvious symptoms.
- If you’ve had a positive chlamydia test (or you’ve had sexual contact with someone who has had a positive chlamydia test), you should seek assessment and/or chlamydia treatment.
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)
A chlamydia test usually involves a urine sample, or sometimes a swab (of the vagina or urethra). 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 chlamydia treatment reduces the risk of complications in the future.
How to treat chlamydia
Chlamydia treatment involves taking an antibiotic- there are a few different options. The antibiotic course is usually quite brief unless a more serious or complicated infection is diagnosed. A doctor or sexual health clinic will be able to arrange treatment for chlamydia 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. Even silent infection can cause serious health problems- therefore, it’s important to consider having a regular chlamydia test if you’re sexually active, particularly if you have multiple partners. 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- even if there are no symptoms, chlamydia treatment is important, to prevent complications and passing infection to others. A chlamydia test usually just involves a simple urine sample, though sometimes a swab may be recommended. In uncomplicated cases, chlamydia treatment usually involves a short course of antibiotics. In general, treatment for chlamydia tends to work extremely well, but retesting after 3 months is usually advised to make sure there has been no reinfection.
People who are sexually active should consider regular STI screening- obviously, the more partners one has, the more often check ups are recommended. Ful testing may involve urine tests, swabs and blood tests. 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
If you have further questions about how to treat chlamydia, or how to to get a chlamydia test, speak to your GP or sexual health clinic. And for more helpful information about STIs and sexual health, browse the articles below.
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