Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are curable!
These STDs can be cured with the right medicine. However, it's important to get regular testing and early treatment. If these STDs are not treated, they can cause permanent damage to your reproductive organs. This can lead to lasting pain and may make it difficult to get pregnant.
How are chlamydia and gonorrhea treated?
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are treated with medicine called antibiotics. The medicine for chlamydia is different than the medicine for gonorrhea. Usually these medicines are given in a single dose by your doctor but they take a full week (7 days) to clear the infection. It is very important that you and your sex partner(s) both get treated and do not have sex for one full week after you all have been treated. If you need help finding a free or low-cost clinic where you can get treated, use our clinic locator, call the I Know Alameda hotline at (510) 268-2110, or email Alameda@DontThinkKnow.org.
Do I have to pay for the medicine?
If you are already enrolled in Family PACT, California's program to cover family planning services (including STD testing and treatment) for low-income men and women, let the clinic know and the cost of your treatment may be covered. If you are not already enrolled, ask the clinic when you go in for treatment if you are eligible to enroll. If you are not, most clinics use a sliding-scale fee so you will only have to pay what you can afford.
What will happen when I go to a clinic for treatment?
Print out and bring your results page to the clinic. If you cannot print out your results page, ask the clinic to call us at (510) 268-2110 when you are there and we will fax the results page to them.
You will need to see a nurse or doctor to receive treatment for your infection. They may offer you other tests as part of a comprehensive exam. If you would like further STD testing or birth control services, Family PACT may cover the cost of those services.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be cured if you follow these 3 important steps:
- Take all of the medicine your doctor or nurse gives you.
- Make sure all of your sex partners from the past 2 months get treated as soon as possible.
- Don't have sex until 7 DAYS AFTER you and your sex partner(s) finish the medicine. If you do have sex before 7 days, you must use a condom.
Once I'm cured, can I get chlamydia or gonorrhea again?
Yes. You can get chlamydia and gonorrhea more than once even if you have been treated and cured in the past. In fact, a very high number of women with chlamydia or gonorrhea get infected again soon after their first infection. Getting another infection with chlamydia or gonorrhea can cause more damage inside you than the last infection. This damage can make it so that you can’t have a baby later when you want to and it can also lead to you having abnormal bleeding and pain in your lower belly when you have sex. For most women, there are no symptoms so you may not feel that anything is wrong.
This is why it’s important that your sex partner(s) get treated too. Otherwise, they could re-infect you. If you need help telling your partner(s) that they need to be treated, ask your doctor or go to So They Can Know for advice or to send your partner an anonymous email message.
You will also need to get retested for chlamydia and gonorrhea 3 months after getting treated. You can order a FREE home test kit to do a retest or get retested in the clinic. We can even send you a text or email message to remind you that it is time for your retest!
If you need help finding a clinic where you can get treated, use our clinic locator.
If you have any other questions, please call (510) 268-2110 or email Alameda@DontThinkKnow.org.