Chlamydia Treatment Questions and Answers
If you have or think you might have chlamydia, you may have some questions about it and what to do. We can answer your questions here at Chai Urgent Care, but we may be able to answer some of them in a bit of a Q&A. Here are some of the more common questions about chlamydia and chlamydia treatment! We serve patients from Brooklyn-Boro Park NY, Staten Island NY, Brooklyn-Williamsburg NY, South Fallsburg NY, Lakewood NJ, Jackson Township NJ, Brooklyn-Mill Basin NY, Bay Ridge NY, and Sunset Park NY.
Q: What is chlamydia?
A: Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It’s caused by bacteria and mostly affects young women, but can occur in men and older women, and can also affect the rectum. It can be hard to tell whether you have it, as many people don’t show signs or symptoms, but some common ones are genital pain and discharge. Even when symptoms occur, they can be mild, making them easy to overlook. Signs and symptoms can be:
- Painful urination
- Vaginal or penile discharge
- Painful sexual intercourse, or bleeding after sex and between periods in women
- Testicular pain in men
- Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding
Q: What should I do about chlamydia?
A: You definitely should have the condition treated, as it can spread to sexual partners or lead to significant and even serious health problems, like damage to the reproductive system. Go see a doctor, like an urgent care doctor, if you have any of the signs or symptoms or if you learn your sexual partner has chlamydia. Also, try to help your sexual partner understand that they need to be treated too if you have chlamydia, even if they don’t have signs or symptoms. The condition is very easy to address, especially when you go to urgent care!
The diagnosis procedure is very simple and discreet, so it’s nothing to worry about, and the treatment is typically a simple antibiotic, so it’s nothing to worry about either! Often, just a one-time dose of an antibiotic is necessary for treatment. Sometimes, it’s necessary to take the medication daily for a while or multiple times a day for a week or so. It’s necessary to be treated for chlamydia if you’ve had it in the past and have it again, even if you were treated.
Q: How do you know if chlamydia is gone?
A: In most cases, the infection goes away within a week or two, and during this time, it’s important to avoid sex to prevent spreading the condition. Just as it’s important to get professional testing and treatment for chlamydia, it’s also important to get tested to make sure the condition is cured, so go see the doctor again for testing. This is especially important if you’re unsure your sexual partner got treatment. Testing should still happen even if your partner was treated.
When you come see us here at Chai Urgent Care, we’ll test and treat you then ask you to come back for a retest after a while. Please remember it’s important to get tested and treated for a condition like chlamydia, not just to prevent spreading it, but also to protect yourself from serious complications.
Q: Where can I get chlamydia treatment in NY or NJ?
A: You can get tested and treated right here at Chai Urgent Care! We have multiple locations in NY and NJ. Please see our Locations page for our locations, their addresses, their hours of operation, and their contact information, then come see us or call us at the location in your area. An appointment is never necessary with an urgent care clinic like ours, and we’ll be able to test and treat you right away, right on the spot.
We hope to see and help you soon here at Chai Urgent Care!