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My partner and I just got diagnosed with Chlamydia. I've been loyal to our relationship and she says the same thing, however there were a couple of times we had unprotected anal and vaginal sex within the same night. Could this possibly be the source of the bacteria? Switching from anal to vaginal during intercourse?

Chlamydia can’t be transmitted by switching between vaginal and anal sex, although other infections can, so make sure you’re rinsing off in between and that both of you urinate after sex.

On average, Chlamydia takes 1-3 weeks to show up in your system, but sometimes it takes several months. So depending on your relationship history, one possibility is that one of you got it several months ago (perhaps from a previous partner) but it didn’t show up on STI test until now. Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner.

When is it safe to masturbate after being treated for chlamydia?

It is not possible to reinfect oneself with Chlamydia through masturbation. However, if sex toys were used during masturbation, you should thoroughly wash them. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. You can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When you're being treated for it, it is very important that both you and your partner are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities for 7 days. This will help ensure that reinfection doesn’t occur.

The only way someone could reinfect themselves is if they did not wait the 7 days to have sexual contact with someone, or if they had sexual contact again with someone who still had the infection.

If you don’t have Chlamydia in your throat can you still pass the virus through oral sex?

Chlamydia can be spread from the throat to the genitals, from the genitals to the throat, or from genitals to genitals.

If someone only has Chlamydia in their genitals, they will only spread the infection through genital contact. If that person performs oral sex on someone, they will not give that person’s genitals Chlamydia.

However, if the person receiving oral sex had an infected penis or vulva, they could transmit the bacteria to their partner through their partner's throat.

Can I pass chlamydia to someone if we had unprotected sex once?

Yes. There is a risk any time you engage in unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, or genital to genital contact. Remember, however, that it can only be transmitted if one or both partners already has it. That's why getting tested is so important.

I was recently diagnosed with Chlamydia and took antibiotics for it. Six days later someone gave me oral sex. Could that person get infected?

It's really important to wait the full 7 days before engaging in sexual contact. If there was sexual contact before 7 days, it is likely that chlamydia was transmitted and/or reinfection occurred. The best thing to do in this situation is see a medical professional and get tested and/or get another round of treatment.

Remember, condoms and dental dams can help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

I had unprotected sex with a guy 1 week ago, and he has Chlamydia. Is it too soon to get it treated?  How long does it take to get in your system?

You can get tested for Chlamydia as soon as 14 days after sexual contact. Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for chlamydia, it is very important that they finish the whole course of medication and that their partners are being treated as well. It's also very important to abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that reinfection doesn’t occur.  

While you can technically get tested two weeks after sexual contact, we strongly encourage getting tested again in 3 months. This is because the bacteria can sometimes take longer to show up in a person's system, so earlier tests can occasionally be inaccurate.

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