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How much Azithromycin is needed to cure Chlamydia?

29th April 2019

Chlamydia is a type of bacterial infection that is easily treated with an antibiotic. It is one of the most commonly transmitted infection through sexual contact. Most people with chlamydia do not show any symptoms.

Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that a person may get from sexual contact with another person who is infected.

Chlamydia infection is spread through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. The infection is carried in the semen and vaginal fluids. it can infect the penis, vagina, anus, cervix, urethra, throat, and eyes. Most people who are infected with the bacteria feel totally fine, not feeling any of the symptoms, which is the reason why they don’t even know they are infected.

If not treated, chlamydia could become major health problems in the future. STD testing is very important because it will make people know that they are infected so they could seek treatment. Chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics. The use of condom every time a person has sex is a good way of preventing the infection.

Treatment for Chlamydia

Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. Azithromycin is the most common antibiotic used for the treatment of chlamydia infection.

If you carefully follow the treatment plan given by your doctor, Azithromycin is very effective at treating genital chlamydia.

The usual course of azithromycin is a single dose of azithromycin for 7 to 14 days. Women with serious infections, such as pelvic inflammatory disease may require a longer course of azithromycin. Some severe pelvic infections may require surgery in addition to azithromycin therapy.

If there is a very strong suspicion that you might have chlamydia, treatment may be started even before the results of the tests are back. You will also be given treatment if a sexual partner is found to have a chlamydia infection.

Inform the doctor if you are pregnant, might be pregnant, or you are breastfeeding. The condition may affect the antibiotic that you are given.

Transmission of Chlamydia

The spread of Chlamydia infection usually happens during sexual contact with someone who may know that he or she has the infection. It can happen even without the completion of the sexual act. The bacteria can be transmitted between sexual partners as they perform vaginal sex, oral sex, and anal sex.

Chlamydia can also be spread to a baby during birth if the mother is infected. Having infected fluids on your hands will rarely cause chlamydia by touching your eyes.

Contrary to common beliefs, chlamydia is not transmitted through casual contact such as kissing, holding hands, hugging, sharing of food and drinks, sitting on the toilet, or sneezing.

The spread of Chlamydia can be prevented by using condoms or dental dams each time you have sex.

Signs and symptoms of Chlamydia

Most men and women who have chlamydia do not have any obvious signs or symptoms that they are infected. If ever there are symptoms, they could be so mild that they are barely noticeable.

The symptoms of chlamydia may begin to show up 1 to 3 weeks after coming into contact with an infected person. In many cases, the symptoms show up only many months later or when the infection spreads to the other parts of the body.

In women, the following are the symptoms or signs of chlamydia:

  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding between periods or heavier periods
  • Pain and/or bleeding during sex
  • An unusual vaginal discharge
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain when passing urine

In men, the following are the symptoms or signs of chlamydia:

  • Pain when passing urine
  • Pain in the testicles
  • A white, cloudy, or watery discharge from the tip of the penis

Other symptoms for both men and women:

  • Infection in the rectum rarely have symptoms but may cause some discomfort or discharge.
  • Infection in the throat is not common and usually has no symptoms.
  • Infection in the eyes can cause pain, irritation, swelling, discharge.

How to know if you are infected?

You will not know for certain that you have chlamydia unless you are tested.

Any individual can be infected with chlamydia, including those who only had one sexual partner in the last year. People who are likely to have chlamydia are usually under the age of 25, have a new sexual partner, or more than one sexual partners, and have not used condoms.

You should be tested for chlamydia if:

  • You recently had unprotected sex with a new sexual partner
  • You, or your partner, have or think you might have symptoms
  • You, or a partner, engaged in unprotected sex with other sexual partners
  • Your partner informs you that he or she had  sex with an infected partners infection
  • The doctor noticed during a vaginal examination that the cervix cells have a discharge or are inflamed.

Even if your partner has tested negative for chlamydia, you could still have the infection. You can be sure that you are not infected also only by getting tested yourself.

If you are found to be positive for chlamydia, you will be encouraged to be tested for other sexually transmitted infections because of the possibility that you have more than sexually transmitted infection at the same time.