A physician consulting with a female patient


Treatment For Chlamydia And Gonorrhea

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.
  • The treatment prescribed for chlamydia and gonorrhea are different; one prescription will not treat both infections.
  • Persons with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea should also be tested for other STDs.

Take Medication As Prescribed

  • Medication will treat the infection, but it will not repair any permanent damage caused by the disease.  The sooner an infected individual is treated, the better.
  • Individuals who have been treated can be reinfected if they have sexual contact with an infected person(s).
  • If symptoms persist after treatment, return to health care provider for a re-evaluation.

All Sex Partners Should Be Evaluated, Tested, And Treated

  • Abstinence should be continued until seven days after a single-dose regimen or 24 hours after completion of a 7-day regimen.
  • Persons with chlamydia/gonorrhea should abstain from sexual intercourse until they and their sex partner(s) have completed treatment and abstained from sex for 7 days, otherwise re-infection is possible.

Special Considerations For Women

  • Women whose sex partners have not been appropriately treated are at high risk for re-infection.
  • Re-infections increase a woman’s risk of serious reproductive health complications, including infertility.
  • Re-testing should be encouraged for women at least four to six weeks after treatment. This is especially true if a woman does not know if her sex partner(s) received treatment.

Treatment Side Effects 

Medical treatment side effects associated with chlamydia

Medical treatment side effects associated with gonorrhea