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Chlamydia, Ambulatory Care

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Chlamydia

is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is caused by a bacteria most often spread through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. You have an increased risk of chlamydia if you have another STI, such as gonorrhea. Your risk is also higher if you have more than 1 sex partner.

Common symptoms include the following:

You may have no signs or symptoms. Even without signs and symptoms, you can still pass the infection on to your sex partner. The signs and symptoms of chlamydia include the following:

  • Vaginal redness or itching
  • Discharge from your vagina, penis, or rectum
  • Pain with urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Abdominal pain
  • Testicular pain
  • Fever

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Fever or repeated vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain

Treatment for chlamydia

may include antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Keep your genital area clean and dry. Take showers instead of baths, and use unscented soap.
  • Do not douche unless your healthcare provider says it is okay. Do not use feminine hygiene sprays or powders.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant.

Prevent the spread of chlamydia:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and water. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom. This helps prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body, such as your eyes.
  • Wear a latex condom to prevent chlamydia and other STDs. Use a new condom each time you have sex.
  • Tell your sex partners. Tell anyone you have had sex with in the last 3 months that you have chlamydia. They may also be infected and need treatment.
  • Do not have sex until you and your partner have taken all your antibiotics. Ask your healthcare provider when it is safe to have sex.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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