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Chlamydia Treatment

Whether you have tested positive for Chlamydia with us or elsewhere, we are able to offer you safe and effective treatment today.

We will, of course, discuss any questions that you may have on your mind and how to ensure your partner get tested and treated to prevent any re-infection. 

Method of treatment

Oral antibiotics

Length of treatment

3 or 7 days


Further actions

+ Abstain from sexual intercourse for 7 days, after beginning treatment
+ Test & treat your partner(s)
+ Re-test for Chlamydia, if you are pregnant

Cost of treatment

£90 (or £30 if you tested with us)


Same day appointments

In Birmingham Clinic


Highly confidential service

And discreetly located clinics


Specialists in sexual health

From busy NHS clinics

Can Chlamydia be cured?

Yes. Chlamydia can easily be treated and cured.

How long does the treatment take to work?

The medication starts to work once inside the body, but can take a few days to help any symptoms associated with this infection.

How effective is the treatment for Chlamydia?

The medication is very effective against Chlamydia.

However, due to overuse of antibiotics worldwide, some infections become resistant to the medication we use. This is why we change the antibiotics and dose, if there is a growing resistance against one type of antibiotic. For the treatment to be most effective, it is very important that you follow the instructions your clinician provides you. Please complete the full course of medication even if you feel better.

Are there any side effects?

Antibiotics used to treat Chlamydia is very safe but can have side effects. These may include: nausea, stomach cramps/pains, diarrhoea and skin rash on sun exposure.

How long does the treatment take to work?

The medication starts to work once inside the body, but can take a few days to help any symptoms associated with this infection.

When can I have sex again?

To be sure the antibiotic has eradicated the infection, we advise no sexual contact for 7 days. If your partner had treatment after you, then it must be 7 days after their treatment.

If there has been any serious diarrhoea and vomiting, you may need to repeat the treatment, so advisable not to have any sex if unsure.

Does my partner need treatment?

Yes. Chlamydia is a very easy infection to pass on so we strongly advise that you inform your current partner(s) to be treated and tested. It is also advised that you inform any other sexual partner(s) from the last 6 months that you have the infection, so that these people can get tested and treated. This breaks the chain of infection.

Can I begin treatment before receiving my test results?

Yes. Treatment can begin before receiving results, especially if you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. It is really important to have tests before any treatment is commenced so we know if the treatment has worked and whether you need to tell your partner(s) or not.

Do I have to get re-tested after my treatment?

A routine Test of Cure for Chlamydia is not needed. We may, however, recommend a test 4 weeks after starting treatment in the following cases:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are planning a pregnancy
  • You have not taken the medication as directed
  • You have had sexual contact before finishing treatment
  • You have a history of treatment failure
  • Or, your symptoms have not completely gone

As the Chlamydia DNA can still be in your body for upto 4 weeks after starting the course of antibiotics, a test of cure done in this period can come back positive. This is why a Test of Cure (TOC) for Chlamydia, when done, is done 4 weeks after starting the course of antibiotics.

Can I get the infection again?

Yes. Getting Chlamydia does not produce an immunity, and therefore does not offer a protection from getting re-infected.

What happens if I don’t get treated?

There is some evidence that the body can finally clear the Chlamydia infection through its immune response in some individuals. However, there is a risk of developing complications and passing the infection to others if you are not treated.

Chlamydia testing

We provide Chlamydia test results in 3 hours in our Birmingham clinic (with option of throat/rectal swabs).

Chlamydia information

Read our answers to questions patients commonly ask about Chlamydia symptoms, causes & complications.

Why be treated at a specialist clinic?

Of course, our expertise means we can offer you an extensive range of tests and treatments which may not be available in many GPs (and even some sexual health clinics).

However, and more importantly, we see all sorts of sexual health problems (including those referred to us by GPs) on a daily basis.

This puts us in a helpful position of being able to understand the problems you come to us with and put you on the right path in as little time as possible.

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We follow guidelines set by

NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

BASHH British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

BHIVA British HIV Association

FSRH Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Medicine is a complicated subject and sometimes these guidelines don’t always hold the answers.

For example, treating an STI in a patient who has developed a resistance to routinely used antibiotics.

Unlike most private clinics, we have medical consultants here to help you navigate through such problems and get you on the right track in no time.

Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)

Last reviewed date: 3 March 2020
Next review due: 3 March 2023

Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.