Chlamydia is caused by small bacteria and is usually contracted through unprotected sex with someone who already has the infection. However, there are other ways to catch Chlamydia: partaking in oral or anal sex with an infected partner, sharing unwashed sex toys, non-penetrative genital contact and ingesting semen or vaginal fluid all carry the risk of catching Chlamydia. It is possible to catch Chlamydia in the eyes if semen or vaginal fluid comes into contact with an eye. Soreness and rectal discharge can be symptoms of the infection in the rectum, whilst conjunctivitis can occur if caught within the eye. Chlamydia can also infect the throat via oral sex, although this is rare and other than a possible sore throat, is usually symptomless. Chlamydia is particularly prevalent with sexually active young adults in their late teens and early twenties.
The easiest and most effective way to prevent the spread of Chlamydia is to always use a condom during oral, vaginal and anal sex. When performing oral sex on a female, a dam may be used as a protective cover. Sex toys should ideally not be shared and should be washed regularly.
Avoiding casual sex with partners you are unfamiliar with is another way of decreasing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections in general. If you are in a relationship, discussing your recent sexual histories with each other may also be useful in determining whether one of you may be infected. If you are sexually active and under twenty-five, regular urine tests will also help to ensure you remain infection-free.
If you are tested positive for Chlamydia, you should immediately inform your current sexual partner and any other sex partners you’ve had within the last six months so they can also be tested and treated. If you’re given a positive diagnosis, you can use our convenient and discreet online doctor service to get treated quickly. To order chlamydia treatment online, simply fill in a brief consultation and one of our doctors will review your answers, resulting in a prescription and medication posted to you in plain packaging if appropriate.