Pharmacy Corner
Common STIs – Anywhere but there! What happens when I get chlamydia?

A few weeks after being infected, a person will start to have discharge from the penis/vagina and have a burning sensation when urinating3. Men may experience pain and swelling of one or both testicles. Women may bleed between periods and after sex, and have painful sexual intercourse2. Chlamydia can also infect the rectum causing pain, discharge and bleeding3.

What should I do if I think I have chlamydia?

See your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms such as an abnormal sore, smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods3.

How is it treated?

The infection is cured with antibiotics4. You must wait until the treatment is done before having sex again. If it’s a single dose treatment, then you should wait 7 days after taking your antibiotic before having sex. If your doctor prescribed the 1 week treatment, wait until the course of antibiotics is completed before having sex3. It’s common to get another chlamydia infection, which is why you should be tested about 3 months after you are treated with antibiotics3.