How Long Does Chlamydia Take To Show

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Clarithromycin (Biaxin)

...available in granules to prepare a liquid form. The dose and the length of time you will take it depend on the type of infection you have. The dose used to prevent MAC infection is 500 mg every 12 hours. The treatment continues as long as your CD4 cell count is low enough for you to develop MAC. If your CD4 cell count goes above 100 for 3 to 6 months, your health care provider may recommend stopping clarithromycin. Regular clarithromycin...
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I understand the incubation for Chlamydia could be anywhere from 2 days to 4 weeks. My question is, after receiving Chlamydia, how long would it take to show up in a swab test? Thanks.
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
I'm not familiar with the window period associated to chalmydia testing (I've read two weeks, but this might not apply to all types of screening tests). If you have questions about the accuracy of your screening tests, talk with the provider who is... Read more »

Another One Of Those Scared Stiff

Dear Dr. Bob, first of all I'd like to thank you for providing a ton of information to those that are afraid or have HIV. You're a god send. You've made me feel more at ease with asking this question. Long story short, I have had both protected...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...risk for acquiring STDs, including HIV. Guess you learned that lesson the hard way, eh? As it turns out, some STDs, such as chlamydia, are extremely easy to acquire, while others, such as HIV, are much less so (thankfully!)."HIV symptoms" are... Read more »

what's up?

hi, i'm hiv+, for the last few weeks i've been feeling very mild irritation within my penis, a very small amount of discharge, and also after sex (with protection of course!) the end of my penis goes red and sensitive for about a's not...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It could be another infection, such as yeast or trichomonas, for which men are not usually tested. It could also be a contact dermatitis from the brand of condom you are using. All I can do is speculate, since the most important part of figuring... Read more »

Probably another question that will never die but...

Dr. Bob before I ask my question I just wanted to say how amazing I think you are for putting up with so many people, like myself, asking the same questions all the time. That takes alot of patience. You are a good man, and I will send all my best...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,My "long answer short" to your "long story short" is: absofrickinlutely! WOO-HOO!!!Some STDs, like chlamydia, are much easier to contract Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


...If untreated, chlamydial infections can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences. Like the disease itself, the damage that chlamydia causes is often "silent." In women, untreated... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chlamydia Infection May Boost Cervical Cancer Risk

...Infection and Cervical Carcinoma," was published in the International Journal of Cancer (2002;101:371-374). Researchers have long known that women with HPV are much more likely than others to develop cervical cancer, but the link between the... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Chlamydia's Quick Cure

...screening require a health professional to collect a swab sample of genital secretions. For women this type of test "minutely prolongs" a pap smear, FDA's Mitchell explains. "At worst, it can feel like a tiny menstrual cramp, but most women don't... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


...Treatment Guidelines . Prevention The surest way to avoid transmission of STIs is to abstain from sexual contact or be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is not infected. By using latex... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous
...If you contracted STD's such as Chlamydia, Gonnorea, how long do they persist for during an outbreak? And they say it causes penis pain, well, does that mean the penis hurts every minute? Read more »

im not sure

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...i had unprotected sex with a female 2 make a long story short i noticed bumps,swollen glands in neck and groin plus bumps with pus, than weird stools i was tested for gonnorhea, Read more »

Help - HIV/Chlamydia Risk

Posted by Sharpie_H, 1 Reply
...while traveling, I decided that I would try other sexual experiences (anal sex) and got into contact with a male prostitute. Long story short, there was some roleplay on his part, some very light biting (no blood whatsoever), very light fingering... Read more »

pray for me

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...okay it goes...gonna get tested tomorrow for HIV. I already know I had an STD (chlamydia). I am not talking about having a low risk you can see I caught an STD which puts me at a greater risk of having Read more »
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