Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 05:21 pm
Question: Can Chlamydia come back?
Chlamydia, like other sexually transmitted infection – gonorrhea, trichomonas, syphilis, is contacted primarily from sexual intercourse. If you’ve had intercourse or got in contact with the contaminated fluid from an infected person, it’s possible you’ll have chlamydia infection without knowing.
What’s chlamydia and what are the symptoms?
The bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, is the organism which causes chlamydia infection. It can affect the eyes (resulting in conjunctivitis), the joints, the mouth and the genitals of males and females. Chlamydia discharge with severe discomfort while urinating may be an early sign of illness.
It can also be contacted through the sharing of infected towels. Pregnant women with poorly treated infection may transmit chlamydia to their babies during delivery.
Chlamydia can be a silent disease because you can get infected without showing any signs. About 30 – 70 percent of infected men and women will not have common symptoms at all.
However, this does not rule out complication of chlamydia infection in the long-term. If left for a long time without treatment, chlamydia may cause pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal pregnancy, and difficulty conceiving.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is the upward spread of chlamydia affecting the womb, abdominal area, and Fallopian tubes. PID could potentially cause permanent damage to the Fallopian tubes ultimately causing infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
Short-term adverse effects of chlamydia in men include inflammation of the epididymis, with testes that are hurtful and swollen. This occurs very early after an infection and can contribute to infertility in men.
If you’ve had unprotected anal, oral, vaginal intercourse or got in real contact with someone genital fluid, you can have chlamydia.
With or without chlamydia symptoms, it is advised that both males and females get tested each year for all sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia infection.
Can chlamydia come back?
Yes. If you’ve had chlamydia symptoms and treated it by taking some antibiotics, either prescribed by your healthcare provider or you got on your own, you may still get chlamydia infection again.
Getting rid of chlamydia will not confer protection against possible future infections.
What’re the symptoms to expect if I get reinfected with chlamydia?
If you are male, symptoms of chlamydia can be
- Pain while urinating
- Chlamydia urethral discharge that is cloudy and watery
- Chlamydia conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Swollen testes
- Very painful testes
- Sometimes pus-like urethral discharge
If you are female with a history of unprotected sexual intercourse, these are symptoms you will have
- Chlamydia discharge from vagina that is yellowish, whitish or sometimes may be greenish
- Low abdomen pain
- Pain while urinating
- Spotting between your period
- History of ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic inflammatory diseases
Why does chlamydia keeps coming back?
If you start showing symptoms of chlamydia months after treatment, these are the possible causes of reinfection
1. Your chlamydia was poorly treated or left untreated
It’s possible to have chlamydia infection with no symptoms of the disease. In some women and men, it could take weeks for chlamydia signs to appear. If you just started having symptoms, purchase chlamydia kit to know if it’s chlamydia or not.
Poorly treated chlamydia, either due to wrong antibiotics or not completing your doctor’s prescribed medications, may cause chlamydia to persist with resistance.
If you have chlamydia symptoms months after treatment, it is advisable to let your doctor know ASAP.
2. Having multiple sexual partners after treatment
After treatment, did you engage in unprotected intercourse with multiple sexual partners?
If you did, it’s likely your new symptoms are due to chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea and trichomonas infection.
After chlamydia treatment, boosting your sexual health and minimizing the number of persons you have unprotected intercourse with, is vital to prevent reinfection.
3. Not testing your sexual partners if they have chlamydia
Since chlamydia is gotten through sex, if your partner is not tested, you can have chlamydia symptoms in no time. Your partner does not have to be symptomatic to transmit the bacteria to you.
Ways to prevent chlamydia from coming back?
If you’ve treated chlamydia, these are the steps you should take to prevent reinfection
Abstinence from any sexual contact remains one of the safest ways to avoid chlamydia infection. If you should never have intercourse, you are extremely unlikely to have Chlamydia trachomatis infection.
Get your sexual partner (male or female) tested
Don’t just treat for chlamydia alone. You can contact the disease again. Request your partner test for chlamydia. If you have chlamydia, there is a good chance he/she has chlamydia too.
Retest for chlamydia if you have a new partner
Within three months after a new sexual partner, you have to test for chlamydia again. It’s beneficial to enlighten you male or female partners about chlamydia long-term risk and persuade them to get tested.
Use condoms consistently
Frequently, it’s very challenging to stay away from any form of sexual contact entirely. If you should have intercourse, the disciplined use of a condom is the best alternative.
Yearly get tested for chlamydia
It’s important to recheck for chlamydia after treatment or annually as it may lie dormant without any symptoms.
Common chlamydia reinfection questions
If you recently got reinfected with chlamydia, these are some common questions
Can chlamydia come back after testing negative?
Yes. Though chlamydia can be cured, treatment does not confer any form of immunity to reinfection. If you’ve treated chlamydia and tested negative, you ought to avoid unsafe intercourse or abstain altogether.
If you don’t, you can get reinfected with chlamydia.
How do you know if chlamydia is gone after treatment?
If you’ve had treatment after testing and taking the right antibiotics, it’s always important to confirm chlamydia cure. You can wait till five weeks after medications and recheck for chlamydia to verify cure.
If you still test positive after five weeks, please let your health professional know right away
Can chlamydia stay in your system after treatment?
If chlamydia is properly treated, within 3 – 5 weeks, you will test negative for chlamydia.
However, if you’ve had intercourse while on treatment, you may still have chlamydia and may test positive.
Can chlamydia go away and come back?
If you’ve had unprotected intercourse, it’s likely you may not have chlamydia if your partner is not infected. If treated chlamydia can go away and not come back if you abstain or ensure protected sex.
However, don’t assume chlamydia will go away without taking medications. You may not have symptoms immediately and may still have chlamydia long-term problems.