If you think you have a sexually transmitted illness, such as chlamydia, make an appointment to see your family doctor.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list of answers to 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 illnesses?
- 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?
- Are you experiencing any pelvic pain?
- Do you have any pain while urinating?
- Do you have any sores or unusual discharge?
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