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How can I be reinfected with chlamydia?

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  • AHealthyWomen answered
    Too often, females become reinfected with chlamydia because their partner has not been treated. Studies have shown that females who are reinfected with chlamydia have a much greater risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

    Therefore, it is important that you abstain from sexual contact until a week after your partner has been tested and completed treatment, meaning seven days after a single-dose azithromycin regimen or after completion of a seven-day doxycycline regimen. In addition, you should return to your doctor for a repeat test three to six months after you are treated to be sure that you have not been infected again.
  • AJill Grimes, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    Yes, you can be re-infected with chlamydia. Prior episodes of chlamydia infection offer no protection. Re-infection is very common, especially when a partner is not fully treated. Each subsequent infection with chlamydia significantly increases the risk of long-term consequences.
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