It depends on a few different things; if you and your partner(s):
- completed medication as instructed;
- did not have any sex for 7 days from when you started your medication; and
- have no ongoing or new STI symptoms;
Then it would be safe for you to resume sex with your partner(s).
If you and your partner(s) have not, then it may not be safe for you to resume sex.
If you and your partner(s) did not take all of your medication or had any difficulties taking your medication (such as, missing any doses, side effects, vomiting shortly after taking your medication), you should return to your health care provider to discuss being re-treated.
If you and your partner(s) had sex while taking your medication, then you may be passing gonorrhea/chlamydia to each other, and getting treated again should be discussed with your health care provider.
If you and your partner(s) have any symptoms after taking all your medication, you should avoid sex and see your health care provider. You may need more testing or medication.
Taking all your medication for gonorrhea and chlamydia is important so, that you do not get any complications, and to prevent passing these infections on to your partner(s).
When taken as instructed by your health care provider, the medications for gonorrhea and chlamydia work very well at getting rid of the infection.
We do not usually recommend having another test to check if the medication worked, unless you are having symptoms, are pregnant or your health care provided told you to do so. If you need to retest for gonorrhea and chlamydia, then you should do so, at least 4 weeks after you finished your medication.
For anyone who tests positive for gonorrhea and/or chlamydia, it is recommended that you retest in 6 months because people often get the infection again from an untreated or new partner.
This answer was posted on July 11, 2016.
This answer was updated on August 16, 2022.