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Dr. Mayzik
A chlamydia infection can be cured with antibiotic treatment. Dr. Alvarado, can you tell us more?

Dr. Alvarado
Definitely, Dr. Mayzik. Although chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics, it's important to realize that no treatment can repair any permanent damage caused by the disease. Early treatment is imperative to prevent this kind of damage. That's why it's important to get screened regularly if you are sexually active, especially if you have multiple partners.

Antibiotic treatment may be in the form of a one-time dose, or antibiotics may be prescribed to be taken every day for seven days.

In order to prevent spreading the disease, people with chlamydia should abstain from sex until the infection has cleared up. Patients treated with a one-time dose of antibiotics should wait seven days after taking the medication to have sex again. Patients prescribed a seven-day regimen of antibiotics should not have sex until they have finished taking all doses of their medication.

Repeat infections with chlamydia are common, so people should be retested three months after treatment for the initial infection.