Preparing for your appointment

If you think you have a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia trachomatis, make an appointment to see your family doctor.

What you can do

Before your appointment, prepare to answer the following questions:

  • When did your symptoms begin?
  • Does anything make them better or worse?
  • What medications and supplements do you take regularly?

You also might want to prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor. Sample questions include:

  • Should I be tested for other sexually transmitted infections?
  • Should my partner be tested or treated for chlamydia infection?
  • Should I abstain from sexual activity during treatment? How long should I wait?
  • How can I prevent chlamydia infection in the future?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • Do you have a new sexual partner or multiple partners?
  • Do you use condoms consistently?
  • Do you have pelvic pain?
  • Do you have pain while urinating?
  • Do you have sores or unusual discharge?
April 11, 2017
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