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Using condoms during oral sex can prevent chlamydia from spreading

  • syphilis
  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • oral sex
  • ejaculate

Question:

"Can you get chlamydia from giving unprotected oral sex even if the man does not ejaculate in your mouth? "

- Anonymous

Response:

This is a good and important question. The short answer is "yes."

Chlamydia is one of the most easily transmitted STD infections that can be spread through the act of oral sex. Other common STD infections resulting from oral sex are Gonorrhea and Syphilis.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis are transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids and skin to skin contact with a mucous membrane. Because the mouth and throat are lined with mucous membranes, they can easily be infected with one of the STDs mentioned above.

Even if ejaculation does not occur in the mouth, it is likely that some amount of pre-ejaculate was in contact with the mouth and throat, increasing the odds and risk of having contracted Chlamydia or other STD infection.

Chlamydia is considered a "silent" infection, meaning that an infection of this nature, often, does not come with symptoms and is frequently passed from one sexual partner to another without the knowledge of either partner. This fact contributes to the marked increase and widespread nature of Chlamydia and makes it one of the most common STDs in the world. Therefore, it is increasingly important to be routinely tested for Chlamydia if an individual is sexually active outside of a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship.

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