Chlamydia Treatments

Chlamydia Treatment Online

You can request chlamydia treatment online from our online doctor. If you have been diagnosed with chlamydia already by a doctor or clinic, just fill in our online assessment, and we can assess your suitability for treatment with an antibiotic. If approved, the doctor will pass a prescription to our pharmacy team, who will fill the prescription and dispatch your medicine to your delivery address. All medicines sourced by the pharmacy are from Australian wholesalers, who are fully licensed in Australia, so you can be confident that you are receiving genuine medication.

If you have not yet been diagnosed, you can order a free chlamydia test kit in some states, which you can use to test for the STI. If you have tested positive, just come back to us, and fill in the assessment, so the doctor can prescribe antibiotics where appropriate.

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Chlamydia Treatment

Overview

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common STI in Australia with over 95 thousand men and women diagnosed per year. Those at the highest risk are sexually active people aged 15-25 years, particularly those with new or multiple sexual partners.

What Causes Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is caused by unprotected sexual contact with an infected person. While genital contact is the most common cause, chlamydia can also spread through anal and oral sex. 

It may also cause eye infections if fluid from the infected person gets into the eye by rubbing or touching the eye after sex.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Men

Concerningly, men who have chlamydia often do not have any signs or symptoms, which often leads to accidental spreading. Chlamydia initially infects the urethra and can then spread to the tube that carries sperm from the testicles.

For men who do get symptoms, they present as discharge from the penis, discomfort when urinating, and or sore/swollen testicles.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Women

Much like in men, most women who have chlamydia do not experience any symptoms, again leading to inadvertent spreading. Chlamydia will first infect the cervix before spreading through the uterus and fallopian tubes. 

For women who do get symptoms, they present as unusual vaginal discharge, burning when urinating, pain during sex, bleeding or spotting between periods, bleeding after sex, and or lower abdominal pain.

The Risks of Untreated Chlamydia

Men

If chlamydia is left untreated in men it can result in serious and lasting complications. The epididymis, or the tube that connects the testicles to the penis, can become inflamed causing long-lasting pain. This condition is known as epididymitis.

The untreated infection can also result in swelling and discharge from the urethra known as male chlamydial urethritis. Long term, if chlamydia infects the prostate gland it can result in fevers, painful intercourse, and back pain.

Women

If chlamydia is left untreated in women it can result in even more serious health problems than men. It can result in the development of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can cause strong pain during sex, fever, abdominal pain, and change in vaginal discharge.

This condition can often lead to scarring in the fallopian tubes resulting in possible ectopic pregnancies and permanent infertility depending on the severity and duration of time left untreated. 

Pregnant women with chlamydia can also infect their babies at birth making them susceptible to eye and lung infections. For this reason, all pregnant women are now screened for a variety of conditions to protect the mother and the baby.

Chlamydia Testing and Diagnosis

Now that the severity of not treating chlamydia has been addressed, we will outline how to get tested for chlamydia. Testing should be undertaken regularly. Particularly in people who are under 25, frequently change sexual partner, or after having sex without barrier protection, like a condom.

To get tested go to almost any GP, sexual, or online health clinic. The tests involve a morning urine sample or a swab from the suspected infected area. These are then sent off for pathology testing in the lab. Results will come via a phone call from a GP or a message from the clinic asking you to return for treatment if required.

Chlamydia Antibiotics

Begin Assessment

People who have chlamydia can be treated with a simple course of antibiotics. Chlamydia treatments can vary depending on each patient’s needs. Most patients will receive one of two antibiotic treatments.

The most common treatment is a single 1 gram dose of antibiotic. This treatment should be taken as soon as possible after diagnosis to try to prevent any further damage caused by chlamydia. 

Although the antibiotic is only taken once, it can take up to seven days to fully clear the infection. For this reason, patients avoid all oral, vaginal and anal sexual contact for a full seven days. Condoms can be used during this time but there’s a risk of infection if the condom breaks. It is generally recommended to confirm a negative result before resuming sexual activity.

Side effects of this treatment can include thrush, nausea, and diarrhoea.

The second most common treatment is an antibiotic taken twice daily for seven days. Again this should be taken as soon as possible after diagnosis to avoid the complications of the infection. Like the first treatment, do not engage in sexual contact for seven days as it will take time for the infection to fully clear. 

Side effects for this treatment can include nausea, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and diarrhoea.

95% of antibiotic treatments are effective the first time at clearing the infection if taken correctly. The other 5% may fail due to antibiotic resistance however can still be treated with alternative antibiotics if necessary. 

Prevention

Although chlamydia is a curable infection or reinfection increases your risks of further life-changing complications such as long term pain and infertility. Prevention of chlamydia can be achieved through:

  • Use of barrier protection such as male or female condoms with sexual partners until the partner has been screened for STIs. 
  • Regular testing, even if you are not showing symptoms, after changing sexual partners to greatly lower the risk of permanent damage.