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What should I do if I have chlamydia?

Chlamydia is easy to treat. But you should be tested and treated right away to protect your reproductive health. If you have chlamydia:
See a doctor right away. Women with chlamydia are 5 times more likely to get HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from an infected partner. Follow your doctor's orders and finish all your antibiotics. Even if symptoms go away, you need to finish all the medicine. Don't engage in any sexual activity while being treated for chlamydia. Tell your sex partner(s) so they can be treated. See your doctor again if your symptoms don't go away within 1 to 2 weeks after finishing the medicine. See your doctor again within 3 to 4 months for another chlamydia test. This is most important if your sex partner was not treated or if you have a new sex partner.
Doctors, local health departments, and STI and family planning clinics have information about STIs. And they can all test you for chlamydia. Don't assume your doctor will test you for chlamydia when you have your Pap test. Take care of yourself by asking for a chlamydia test.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has free information and offers a list of clinics and doctors who provide treatment for STIs.
This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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