1. Antibiotic: Complete the antibiotic prescribed, as soon as possible
2. Partner notification: Your current partner and any from the last three months should also have treatment for chlamydia.
3. Avoid sex for 7 days: You and your partner need to avoid sex for seven days from the first day of the antibiotic treatment.
4. Attend a GUM clinic for the screening of STIs: We advise that you also visit a GUM clinic to be screened for other sexually transmitted diseases.
5. Repeat the test 3-12 months later: Repeat the test to check for re-infection between 3-12 months, or sooner if there is a change of partner.
It is recommended that you visit a GUM /sexual health clinic for screening of other sexually transmitted infections including gonorrhoea, hepatitis B, HIV, and syphilis. This should be done at least 1 week after completing treatment. Your current partner should be treated as well regardless of any test result. 3,5
It is important that previous partners (from the last 6 months are notified), you may choose to do this, or it can be done anonymously through a GUM clinic. 6 This to help reduce the spread of chlamydia.
It is advised that sexual intercourse with or without condoms (including oral sex) is avoided for 7 days after the treatment is started, as this is how long it takes for the infection to clear. By following this, you reduce your chances of the treatment not working or becoming re-infected.
If you have a coil (IUD or IUS) then uncomplicated genital Chlamydia infection does not require removal of it.3
If you are under 25, then you are at a higher risk of catching Chlamydia again. You should have a retest done at 3 months.