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Abstain from sexual activity for seven days after chlamydia treatment

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Question:

"If I have been treated for chlamydia but it has not yet been seven days since I received treatment, is it possible for me to infect somebody?"

- Anonymous

Response:

This is an important question and knowing the answer can have a big impact on your health. We should begin by talking about what exactly chlamydia is and how it spreads.

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States. It is a bacterial infection of the anus, penis, throat or vagina. It spreads though semen and vaginal fluids. It is possible to get chlamydia through unprotected vaginal sex, unprotected anal sex, unprotected oral sex and, in general, genital-to-genital contact.

Chlamydia is easily treatable with antibiotics. Once you have completed your treatment, in almost all cases, you will be considered cured after seven days. It is important that you abstain from sexual activity during that time period. It is also important that you take your medication exactly as directed.

If you do engage in sexual activity before the seven day period is over, it is possible to infect your partner with chlamydia. If this is something that you have done, getting an STD test right away is the best thing you can do. If the test comes back positive, you can discuss treatment with your healthcare provider.

Using dental dams for oral sex can reduce the risk of spreading chlamydia. Condom use is important for this as well.


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