Getting Treated FAQs
Are chlamydia and gonorrhea curable?
YES! These STDs can be cured with the right medicine. However, it's important to get regular testing and early treatment because if these STDs are not treated, they can cause permanent damage to your reproductive organs. This can lead to lasting pain or make it difficult to get pregnant in the future.
How are chlamydia and gonorrhea treated?
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are treated with medicine called antibiotics. The medicine for chlamydia is different to the medicine for gonorrhea. Often these medicines are given in a single dose by your doctor, but they take a full week to clear the infection. It is very important that you and your partner(s) do not have sex for one full week after you have BOTH been treated.
Do I have to pay for the medicine?
If you are already enrolled in Family PACT, California's program to cover confidential family planning services (including STD testing and treatment) for low-income men, women and youth, let the clinic know and this may cover your treatment. If you are not already enrolled, ask the clinic if you are eligible to enroll. If you are not, most clinics use a sliding-scale fee so you will only pay what you can afford.
What will happen when I go to a clinic for treatment?
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 that.
Some clinics may be able to give you the medicine during your visit, while others will give you a prescription for the medicine which you will need to fill as soon as possible.
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 current sex partners and any from the past 2 months get treated as soon as possible.
- Don't have sex until 7 DAYS AFTER both you and your sex partner(s) finish the medicine. If you do have sex before 7 days, you must use a condom or you may be infected again.
Once I'm cured, can I get chlamydia or gonorrhea again?
Yes. You can get chlamydia or gonorrhea more than once even if you have been treated and cured in the past. In fact, a very high number of women get infected again soon after their first infection. Getting another infection can cause more damage inside you than the last infection. The damage can make it so that you can't have babies 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 of these infections so you likely will not know that you have been reinfected.
This is why it is 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 inSpot.org for advice or to send your partner an anonymous email message.
If you need help finding a clinic for treatment, use our clinic locator.
If you have any other questions please email us at SanDiego@DontThinkKnow.org or call (619) 692-KNOW (5669).