What To Think About
- If a chlamydia infection is suspected, do not
have sexual intercourse until the test results have come back. If you have a
chlamydia infection, do not have sexual intercourse for 7 days after the start
of treatment. Your sex partner(s) should also be treated for a chlamydia infection
so that you don't get reinfected and so that others don't get
- Only one laboratory test (NAAT, ELISA, DFA, DNA probe
testing, or chlamydia culture) is needed to diagnose chlamydia. Your doctor can
choose which test to use.
- Your doctor is required to report your
chlamydia test result to the state health department. The department may contact
your sex partners to inform them that they also need treatment.
- Screening for and treating chlamydia can help prevent
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). For more
information on the treatment of a chlamydia infection, see the topic
- Other sexually transmitted
infections may be present at the same time as chlamydia. So it is important to be
tested and treated for all STIs. Chlamydia as well as other STIs can also
increase the chance of getting
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). An HIV test may be
offered at the same time as a test for chlamydia or other STIs.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
December 11, 2012
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