Chlamydia can infect both men and women and is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Women can get chlamydia in the cervix, rectum, or throat and men can get chlamydia in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat.
You can contract chlamydia from sexual intercourse, which includes oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the infection. This accounts for the vast majority of cases, but it is worth noting that women can also pass chlamydia on in childbirth.
Even if you were treated for chlamydia in the past you can get it again from someone else who has it.
Chlamydia statistics in the UK
There were 200,288 chlamydia diagnoses in 2015, which was a 4% decrease on 2014 (208,638). Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI diagnosed in England (accounting for 46.1% of all cases in 2015). Young women are more at risk of a diagnosis than young males, and about 70% of infected females and 50% of males will not have any obvious signs or symptoms, or they may be so mild they are not noticed.
Can you buy antibiotics for chlamydia online?
If you’ve tested positive for chlamydia, you can buy Azithromycin online here at PostMyMeds. All you need to do is fill out a short online consultation form so our dedicated team of pharmacists can make sure the medication is suitable for you.
Azithromycin destroys the bacteria responsible for the infection by stopping it from producing the proteins it needs to survive. This antibiotic remains in the body for a long period of time, preventing the recolonisation of the bacteria which cause this infection. Azithromycin has been found to be successful in treating chlamydial infection in up to 95% of cases.
How long does chlamydia take to go away?
Two Azithromycin 500mg tablets should be taken as a single dose for the treatment of chlamydia. They can be taken with half a glass of water before or after food.
You shouldn’t have sex, which includes vaginal, oral or anal sex (even if you’re using a condom!) until both you and your partner(s) have completed treatment. If you had the 1-day course of Azithromycin, you should avoid having sex for a week after treatment. With doxycycline, you can resume having sex the day after finishing the seven day course. This will help ensure you don’t pass on the infection or catch it again straight away.
Is it possible to have chlamydia and not pass it on to your partner?
This is possible, but unlikely. A condom can prevent transmission, and chlamydia can’t be passed on through skin to skin contact, but a person with chlamydia can pass it to his/her partner during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Abstinence is the only way to completely protect yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted infection.
Compared to vaginal or anal sex, chlamydia is less likely to be passed on via oral sex, but it can be transmitted when the mucous membrane (the soft skin covering all the openings of the body) comes into contact with the mucous membrane secretions or semen of a person who does have chlamydia.