Chlamydia infection is easy to treat when caught early, but when treatment is sought only after it has progressed into late-stage chlamydia, it can make pregnancy difficult.
Again you will ask; what is the best treatment course for chlamydia?
There are antibiotics available today, that can fully treat chlamydia. Courses of chlamydia treatments vary, depending on the co-infections. HIV-negative and HIV-positive persons also infected with chlamydia bacteria should both submit to the same treatment.
Is chlamydia curable? If you caught the infection and you get treatment, your Doctor or health provider will demand you to abstain from sex the whole duration of the treatment course must be followed conscientiously. This is to prevent the spread of the infection to partners.
Take the full course of the medication prescribed to cure chlamydia, do not share with anyone, not even your spouse. The full course treatment will rid your body of the bacteria, but damage on the affected body parts will not be fixed. Reevaluation must be pursued after a few days if symptoms continue after receiving treatment. Get the help of a health care provider on your re-evaluation.
Many repeat infection with chlamydia is on the record and not just old wives tale. This usually happens when sex partners did not follow through the whole course of the treatment. A woman whose partner failed to get appropriate treatment is at high risk for re-infection. Multiple chlamydial infections are bad news if you are a woman. This increases your risk of serious complications with reproductive health, including ectopic pregnancy and (PID) pelvic inflammatory disease. It is advisable for women and men with chlamydia to be retested after three months from the early stage of the infection and treatment, even if you believe your sex partners’ treatment was successful.
Chlamydial infection in infants can be treated with antibiotics.
Most commonly prescribed regimens are with the following antibiotics:
- Azithromycin - 1 g –oral - single dose
- Doxycycline - 100 mg – oral – 2x a day - 7 days
Alternative Regimens recommended:
- Erythromycin ethylsuccinate - 800 mg – oral – 4x a day - 7 days
- Erythromycin - 500 mg – oral – 4x a day - 7 days
- Ofloxacin - 300 mg - oral – 2x a day - 7 days
- Levofloxacin - 500 mg – oral - once a day - 7 days
Additional Treatment Management Concerns
Doctors and other healthcare professionals will always recommend that persons who want to get treatment from chlamydia take full advantage of the full course of an onsite, directly observed single-dose therapy with azithromycin. If they are not sure they can stick with or lack the ability to follow multiday dosing. Also for those who are given multidose regimens, the first dose should be given on site and directly observed. For single dose therapy advice given must be firm; to abstain from sex for 7 days after single dose antibiotic is taken, to minimize the spread of the infection to others. Those who get multi-dose therapy must abstain from sex for 7 days until the completion of the 7-day regimen and to engage in sex only after a test confirms that all traces of infection are totally wiped out. To lessen the risk of reinfection, it is a must to submit your partners to testing and treatment. Test for syphilis, HIV, and GC are recommended especially for those who had the chlamydia infection.
Follow-Up Consultations and Tests
When total commitment is given to following recommended treatment repeat testing 3-4 weeks after completion of treatment is not needed. For those who were prescribed the recommended treatment course. Not unless observance of the treatment course was irregular, symptoms are still sensed, or there is suspicion of reinfection. Additionally, the use of chlamydial NAATs perimeters at less than 3 weeks after completion will not be accurate because there will be nonviable organisms still present and will yield a false-positive results.
Sex Partners Management Guidance
For those who tested positive and plan to get treatment for chlamydia infection, their sex partners have to submit for testing, evaluation and preventative treatment too. If there was sexual contact with the infected partner within 60 days prior to the start of patient’s symptoms or chlamydia diagnosis. Exposure intervals defined for identification of unprotected sex partners are still based on limited data. The latest sex partner is highly suspect even if the last sexual contact was more than 60 days before symptoms are sensed or actual infection is diagnosed. Most doctors or health professionals who work in this field recommend or require partners to be present on the patient’s return visits. This will help monitor treatment of both partners. Safeguarding likelihoods of spreading the infection.