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Chlamydia is generally spread through sexual contact. So the best way to prevent chlamydia is to get tested regularly and use condoms if you have sex.

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How can I avoid getting chlamydia?

Chlamydia is spread through sexual fluids like semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. So the best way to avoid chlamydia and other STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex at all. This doesn’t work for most people, so that’s where condoms and dental dams come in. They really help lower your chances of getting an STD if you do have sex.

Getting tested for STDs regularly is another important way to keep yourself healthy.

How can I make sure I don’t give anyone chlamydia?

If you find out that you have chlamydia, don’t panic. Chlamydia is easily cured, and there are a few ways to make sure you don’t spread it to other people.

  • Tell your past and present sexual partners you have chlamydia, so they can get tested and treated too.

  • Don't have sex with ANYONE for 7 days from when you got or started treatment.

  • Your sex partners should also be treated before they have sex with anyone, including you.

  • Once you’ve finished your treatment and start having sex again, it’s still a good idea to use condoms every single time you have sex.

Telling someone you have chlamydia isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. But the infection is really, REALLY common and can be easily cured, so try not to be too embarrassed or stressed out about it. Once you get the conversation over with, you can both get treated and get on with your lives.

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