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There are two options for treating chlamydia: taking 4 pills at once, or taking daily pills for 1 week. Both are effective at treating chlamydia (as long as you avoid re-infection).
It’s important to abstain from sex for 7 days after taking your medication to avoid re-infection. It takes 7 days for medication to fully work and kill off the chlamydia bacteria. If you had sex 6 days after taking your meds, it is possible that you still had the chlamydia and passed it to your partner. We would recommend getting re-treated.
If your partner did not the pills until after your most recent unprotected sex, then that is another reason to get re-treated. If you had unprotected sex with your partner before your positive chalmydia test, it's very likely that they have chlamydia, and you can get it back from them if they’re not treated.
This can be confusing for a lot of people, so you’re not the only one! It’s really important that both you and your partner take the meds and abstain from sex for 7 days after. (If you can’t abstain from sex then make sure you use condoms for any penetration).
Hope this helps!
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This answer was posted on June 13, 2018