Chlamydia is cured after completion of a course of antibiotics which typically lasts for seven days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While symptoms may dissipate after treatment begins, sex should not resume until the entire course of treatment is complete in order to avoid re-infection.
Because it is very common to have a repeat infection of chlamydia, it is important to be retested three months after treatment to ensure that the infection is cured, according to the CDC. Be sure to finish all medication for chlamydia to cure the infection and never share medication with anyone. All sexual partners should be treated for chlamydia to prevent re-infection with the bacteria. Chlamydia can have lifelong effects on the reproductive system of both males and females if left untreated, making it important to seek early treatment to prevent complications.
Symptoms of chlamydia include burning while urinating and an abnormal vaginal discharge in women, and pain and swelling in the testicles, pain while urinating and a discharge from the penis in men. Chlamydia is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex. Using condoms, being in a mutually monogamous relationship or abstaining from sex can all help to prevent a chlamydia infection.