If you think you have a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia, 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:
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- 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?
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- Chlamydia. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/TOPICS/CHLAMYDIA/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.
- Zenilman JM. Genital chlamydia trachomatis infections in women. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.
- Zenilman JM. Genital chlamydia trachomatis infections in men. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.
- Mueller PS. Do-it-yourself vulvovaginal swabs for detecting chlamydia and gonorrhea. Journal Watch: General Medicine. http://www.jwatch.org/jw201301170000005/2013/01/17/do-it-yourself-vulvovaginal-swabs-detecting. Jan. 18, 2013. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.
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