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3. After the test

What happens if I have chlamydia? (The test is positive)

Chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics which are free. It should be treated as early as possible to prevent future complications.

You will be asked to contact the BACS office on 01274 221075 and you will be offered treatment at a location convenient to you. If you currently have a partner they will also need treatment. This will be discussed with you when you are given your result.

After treatment, to stop getting another chlamydia infection, remember to use a condom and ask your partner to get tested.
Find out more about condoms and where to access them.

What happens if I don’t have chlamydia? (The test is negative)

Good news!
To stop getting chlamydia and other STIs in the future, use a condom every time you have sex.
Find out more about condoms and where to access them.

How is chlamydia treated?

The most common treatment for chlamydia is a course of antibiotics. The two most commonly prescribed treatments are:

How quickly will treatment work?

You should notice improvements quickly if you had any signs or symptoms. If the symptoms don’t improve, seek advice from your GP, a sexual health clinic or pharmacy. You may have a different STI, and require further tests and different antibiotics.

If you have pelvic pain or persistent pain during sex, see your doctor or nurse. You may need further treatment or investigations for other causes of the pain.

Will I need to revisit the clinic?

Not if you’ve taken your treatment as instructed. However, you may need to return for a repeat test if:

When can I have sex again?

Don’t have any sex (oral, vaginal, anal or use sex toys) with your partner(s) until seven days after you’ve both completed your course of treatment.

How do I protect myself?

The NHS National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) says that to reduce your chances of getting chlamydia you should take the following steps:

If you have chlamydia, remember to:

You can find out more from NHS Choices


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