Chlamydia is a bacterial infection spread through sexual contact. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Most people who get chlamydia do not have symptoms, but they can still infect their sex partners. If chlamydia in women is not treated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a severe pelvic infection. PID can make it hard for a woman to get pregnant.
Antibiotics can cure chlamydia. Both sex partners need treatment to keep from passing the infection back and forth. Certain antibiotics should not be used in pregnancy. If you were not tested for pregnancy during this visit, tell your doctor if you might be pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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