About 2 or 3 months ago, I found out that I had chlamydia. I took a medicine for it. Does that mean it's out of my body for good?
If you took all of the antibiotic as it was prescribed, the chlamydia infection was likely cured. However, you can still get chlamydia again in the future, either from the same partner (if that person wasn't treated) or a new partner.
Because people can get infected with chlamydia more than once, your partner also needs to have had treatment. If this didn't happen, and the two of you had sex since you were treated, you may have been reinfected.
Chlamydia can have serious effects (like infertility and pelvic pain) if it's not treated or if you get it multiple times. That's why doctors recommend getting retested 3 months after you've been treated to make sure you were not reinfected.
Using condoms every time you have sex can help prevent future infections. And anyone having sex should be routinely tested for sexually transmitted infections, even if they don't have any signs of them.
Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC
Date reviewed: January 2015
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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