But I'm not having sex!

Written by Get Clued Up. Posted in FAQ

Can you get Chlamydia without having sex?

Whether or not you or your partner have Chlamydia before having sex depends on your definition of being a virgin...For some people this means only not having penis in vagina sex, whereas for me, as a Sexual Health Nurse, it really means having ANY form of sexual contact- (penis in anus/ penis in vagina/ oral to penis/oral to vagina).

If BOTH you and your partner are virgins (that is NO sexual contact with other people- (no oral, vaginal or anal sex of any kind), then, NO, neither of you can have Chlamydia. Chlamydia is passed from an infected person to another person during unprotected sex where the genitals (or throat) come into contact with the bacteria, and then infect the new person's penis/anus/vagina/throat.

How you get it wrap up:
You get chlamydia from vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person. Chlamydia often has no symptoms. So people who are infected may pass chlamydia to their sex partners without knowing it. The more sex partners you (or your partner) have, the higher your risk of getting this STI.

An infected mother can pass chlamydia to her baby during childbirth. Babies born to infected mothers can get pneumonia (nuh-MOHN-yuh) or infections in their eyes.

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