Info For Teens
Ask the Experts
if you have chlamidia and you took the dose of medicine how long do you have to wait to have sex again?
You should avoid having sex until your treatment is complete and the infection is cured. If you’re diagnosed with chlamydia, your health care provider will probably prescribe an antibiotic. It’s important to make sure that you take the antibiotic exactly as directed for as long as it’s prescribed, even if your symptoms go away. It’s also important to let your sex partner(s) know that you have chlamydia so they can get tested and treated, too.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that’s caused by a type of bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. Both women and men can get it by having unprotected vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner. It can also be spread from a woman to her fetus during birth, and rarely, from the hand to the eye and, less likely, during unprotected oral sex. Each year, more than three million people of all ages become infected with chlamydia.
You can avoid getting chlamydia the same way that you reduce your risk of getting other sexually transmitted infections — by abstaining from the things that transmit infections, or by practicing safer sex if you’re sexually active. Condoms greatly reduce the risk of chlamydia during vaginal and anal sex. For safer oral sex, use a condom to cover the penis or a Glyde dam, cut-open condom, or plastic wrap to cover the vulva.