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Chlamydia in mouth and throat

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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is usually symptomless, meaning that people can have it without realising. That’s why it’s important that you get regulated tested for STIs, especially if you have started a new relationship. You can catch chlamydia through having unprotected (without a condom) anal, oral and vaginal sex.

Can chlamydia be transmitted through the mouth?

You can catch chlamydia through having unprotected (without a condom) oral sex whether this is with a man or woman. Oral sex is defined as a sexual act in which one or both of the partners place their mouth on the genitals or anus of the other person. In order to catch chlamydia through oral sex your partner will be carrying the infection. As oral chlamydia usually shows no symptoms, it is important to have an open discussion with your partner before you begin any sexual activity and get regularly tested.

Can you get chlamydia in the throat by kissing?

No, chlamydia is not spread by kissing or hugging. The most common way that you can contract chlamydia in the mouth is by having unprotected oral sex with someone who has the infection.

What are the symptoms of oral chlamydia?

Chlamydia is an asymptomatic (shows no symptoms) infection, so you could have the STI without knowing about it. However the cellular lining in the throat and mouth can become infected and the most common sign is a painful and severe sore throat. People who notice this sign often dismiss it as a common cold or other viral infections and do not make the connection between the unprotected oral sex that they participated in and this symptom. Along with a sore throat you could notice a low fever, coughing and swollen lymph nodes. It’s important to get regularly tested for STIs when you have had unprotected sex, especially if this is with a new partner.

Is chlamydia curable?

Yes it is, however if you have had chlamydia in the past and it was treated with a course of antibiotics, you can still catch the STI again in the future.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

The main signs that you have chlamydia are usual discharge and pain when urinating. To find out more visit our signs of chlamydia page

How can I prevent catching chlamydia?

Using a condom during sexual intercourse or sexual activity is an effective method of protection. The most effective is abstaining from all sexual contact.