If you suspect you have chlamydia, your doctor may want to test cervical or penile discharge or urine using one of several available methods. However, because many women don't know they have the disease until it has caused serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually active women under age 25 and others at higher risk should be tested for chlamydia once a year during their annual pelvic exam even if they don’t have symptoms. Pregnant women should also be tested as part of their routine lab work. If you are diagnosed with chlamydia, your doctor will prescribe oral antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin or taking doxycycline twice daily for 7 to 14 days are the most common treatments and are the same for those with or without HIV. With treatment, the infection should clear up in about a week. Do not have sex for at least 7 days until you have taken all of your medication, and do not stop taking the antibiotics even if you feel better. Your doctor will also recommend that your partner(s) be treated as well to prevent reinfection and further spread of the disease. Azithromycin is no longer recommended for treating chlamydia. This is because it no longer works well as a treatment, due to an increase in antibiotic resistance. This change in treatment recommendations comes from national guidelines published by BASHH. The current recommended treatment for chlamydia is now doxycycline. If you would like to discuss your condition with one of our doctors, you can book a telephone consultation. Our doctors will be able to give you personalised advice on how to treat and prevent chlamydia. It is a sexually transmitted disease and you can catch it when having unprotected sex with a partner who has it. It is often symptomless but it can cause complications in both men and women.
Medical uses. Azithromycin is used to treat many different infections, including Prevention and treatment of acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis, or S. pneumoniae. Although data on the use of azithromycin for the treatment of neonatal chlamydia infection are limited, available data suggest a short course of therapy might be effective.