After knowing your symptoms and medical history, your doctor will perform a physical examination and will order a urine test and, in the case of women, will take samples of discharge from the cervix for culture or antigen analysis to detect chlamydia.
In men, a sample will be taken from the urethra and, if required, from the anus. In addition, if deemed appropriate, he or she will request other tests to rule out other sexually transmitted diseases that sometimes accompany chlamydia, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or AIDS.
The treatment to follow is the supply of antibiotics, either intravenously, orally, or both, your doctor will assess what is most appropriate for your case. This combination is used to prevent possible resistance of the bacteria to certain drugs.
The infection usually clears up in a couple of weeks, during which time you should avoid having sex. It is important that if you have a regular partner, both receive the treatment since if only one follows it, there will be reinfection.
In pregnant women, screening tests will be performed at the first prenatal visit and, if you have risk factors, they will be performed again during the third trimester. Screenings are required for both partners each year, or when you change partners.
If you were treated for chlamydia infection, you should have another test in about three months.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.