I had sex with someone who has Chlamydia. They told me a day after we had unprotected sex…

…I got tested the next day but it said I don’t have Chlamydia. What does this mean?

When testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, someone has to wait at least 2 weeks before getting tested. If someone did contract Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, it will only show an accurate result 14 days after exposure.

Because you know you’ve been exposed to Chlamydia, you should see a medical professional right away. Let them know that you had unprotected sex with someone who has the bacterial STI, and they will likely treat you presumptively. This means that they will start you on antibiotics to cure the Chlamydia because you were directly exposed. Even if the bacteria doesn’t show up on a test yet, it will still be cured with the antibiotics.

It’s important to know that many people who have bacterial STIs like Chlamydia will have no symptoms with the infection. So even if you don’t have any symptoms, Chlamydia may still be doing harm to your body.

When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication. This will help ensure that reinfection doesn’t occur.

It is also very important that the person/people being treated abstain from any sexual contact for 7 days. By not waiting 7 days and having sex with someone who may also have Chlamydia, you were most likely re-exposed to the STI. Even if this person didn’t have Chlamydia at the time of intercourse with you, it is likely that they have since contracted it because you were still being treated at the time of intercourse.

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