Chlamydia

I want to start having sex, with a guy I just met. I don't know him very well. What are the question I should ask him and what steps should I take to not get pregnant?

Before starting a sexual relationship with a new partner, it is smart to ask to see their recent test results for sexually transmitted infections. The most common infections we see at Corner are gonorrhea and chlamydia, and can be run through a simple urine test.

To avoid pregnancy, we recommend chosing a reliable method of birth control and also using condoms for STI protection.  The Corner offers several long acting, reversable contraception options including Nexplanon (the implant that goes in your arm) and IUD's. 

If you have more questions or concerns you and your new partner can come in to Corner and we can talk more about your options.

 

I have tested positive for chlamydia and have been giving oral sex to a partner. Can I pass it to him from my mouth?

You can pass chlamydia through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Since clamydia is a sexually transmitted disease, it can be passed through the exchange of bodily fluids including oral sex. It is important that your partner is aware of you testing positve for chlamydia, and that you both use protection when engaging in sexual activity. Condoms and dental dams will help decrease your chances of spreading chlamydia to your partner. You can call us to make an appointment for treatment or just stop in for some free condoms.

Is it possible to get Chlamydia in your stomach or intestines as a result of oral sex?

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that both men and women can get. It is a bacteria that is passed from one person to another during unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can also be passed from a mother to her baby during birth.

A Chlamydia infection can occur in the mouth, reproductive organs, urethra, or rectum. You will not get Chlamydia infection in your stomach or intestines. Even though most people have no symptoms whatsoever when they have Chlamydia, women sometimes do have pain in their lower belly or back due to a Chlamydia infection in their reproductive organs.

The only way to know if you have Chlamydia is to get tested (AKA, go to a doctor and pee in a cup!). The great news is that Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics! If left untreated, it can cause serious health issues (for example, it can leave women unable to get pregnant later in life).

Using a condom every time you have sex (and by sex, we mean vaginal, anal and oral sex!) will help you prevent getting Chlamydia. Stop by the Corner to pick up condoms for FREE!

 

Is there any way to get STIs from giving a blow job?

Yes. Although the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during oral sex is lower than transmission through vaginal or anal sex, there are many STIs that can be passed during oral sex. For example, herpes, gonorrhea and syphilis are easily and often transmitted during oral sex. Although less common, Chlamydia, hepatitis A, hepatitis C and HIV can be passed during oral sex, too.

So what does this mean? Basically, if you are choosing to have oral sex with your partner (either male or female), you need to take steps to reduce your risk of contracting an STI. Using a barrier method (like condoms and dental dams) every time you have oral sex will help to protect you and your partner. It is also a good idea for you and your partner to regularly get tested for STIs. It's important that you are in control of your sexual behavior, so if you do not want to have oral sex (or any other kind of sex for that matter) you do not have to. Abstaining from sex is always an option and can be done even if you are no longer a virgin.

If you are sexually active (meaning you have had either vaginal, anal or oral sex) make an appointment to get tested. Often you cannot tell if you or your partner has an STI, so testing is the only way to know. STIs can cause serious health problems if left untreated, and we want you to be healthy. Like super, awesome, mountain-climbing, dancing-all-day, healthy.

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I recently found out that my boyfriend has Chlamydia. We have been sexually active, but we have ALWAYS used a condom. Is there any way that it could have been passed on to me? Could I get it just from touching his genitals and then touching my private parts?

Good question! Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through semen or vaginal secretions. A person with Chlamydia can pass it to his/her partner during vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is NOT transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

Not having sex, or being abstinent, is the only way to completely protect yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). That said, it’s awesome that you use condoms with every sex act because that helps to protect you from Chlamydia and many other STIs.

Since your boyfriend has tested positive for Chlamydia it is possible that you have contracted it, too. Bottom line--both of you need to get treated. Untreated Chlamydia can lead to serious health problems (especially in women) and over 50% of people who have Chlamydia do not have any symptoms. The good news is, Chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics. You and your boyfriend just need to wait to have sex again until you both have completed your treatment (usually about seven days).

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For more tips on how to talk to your partner about STIs, click here.

 


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