Chlamydia at a Glance
- A common sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Often has no symptoms
- Easily treated
- Easily spread with or without symptoms.
- Condoms offer good protection
We all want to protect ourselves and each other from infections like chlamydia. Learning more about chlamydia is an important first step.
Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about chlamydia. We hope you find the answers helpful, whether you think you may have chlamydia, have been diagnosed with it, or are just curious about it.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that's easily cured with antibiotic medicine. It's one of the most common STDs, and most people who have chlamydia don't show any symptoms.
Chlamydia is really common.
Chlamydia is a SUPER common bacterial infection that you can get from sexual contact with another person. Close to 3 million Americans get it every year, most commonly among 14-24-year-olds.
Chlamydia is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. Chlamydia can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat. Most people with chlamydia don't have any symptoms and feel totally fine, so they might not even know they're infected.
Chlamydia can be easily cleared up with antibiotics. But if you don't treat chlamydia, it may lead to major health problems in the future. That's why STD testing is so important — the sooner you know you have chlamydia, the faster you can cure it. You can prevent chlamydia by using condoms every time you have sex.
How do you get chlamydia?
Chlamydia is usually spread during sexual contact with someone who has the infection. It can happen even if no one cums. The main ways people get chlamydia are from having vaginal sex and anal sex, but it can also be spread through oral sex.
Rarely, you can get chlamydia by touching your eye if you have infected fluids on your hand. Chlamydia can also be spread to a baby during birth if the mother has it.
Chlamydia isn't spread through casual contact, so you CAN'T get chlamydia from sharing food or drinks, kissing, hugging, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or sitting on the toilet.
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