If I had sex with someone who has Chlamydia but we used a condom, what are the chances I could contract it? Also…

…what’s the soonest symptoms would appear? After we had sex I felt like I was having cramps the next couple of days. I am going to get tested but have been told I have to wait at least two weeks. Will the test not be accurate if I go four days after I think I was infected with it?

This is a great question!

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vagina, penis, anus or throat. Chlamydia is the number one most reported STI among youth in the United States.

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Mother to Child

On their website, the New York Department of Health says, “To lower your chances of giving or getting chlamydia, use a latex or polyurethane condom every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex. Using condoms will not totally stop your risk of giving or getting chlamydia.”

Having sexual relations with someone that you know has Chlamydia is considered to be a high risk activity. This means that your chances of contracting Chlamydia are much higher than someone who isn’t having sex with someone who has the infection. But if you used protection, you may not get the infection; it’s hard to say. It’s recommended that if you know a partner has Chlamydia, you should abstain from any sexual relations until you know they’ve been treated.

As far as getting tested goes, an STI test will not be accurate within the first 4 days of exposure. You can get tested 14 days after exposure to get an accurate result.

It’s important to know that most people don’t have any symptoms with Chlamydia. Half of people with penis’ and 1 in 3 people with vaginas do not experience symptoms.  But for those who do have symptoms, they can present themselves within the first 7-14 days after exposure to the infection. Some symptoms of Chlamydia can include:

  • painful urination
  • painful ejaculation
  • pelvic pain
  • unusual discharge

Like all bacteria, Chlamydia will multiply when left untreated. If an infected person does not get tested and treated, the infection can spread in their bodies causing irreversible damage to their reproductive organs and can lead to infertility. Chlamydia will get worse if untreated even if a person never experiences symptoms.

The good news though is that getting tested is easy! It is important for anyone who is sexually active or is thinking about becoming sexually active to get tested. Because Chlamydia does not always show symptoms, it can be really difficult to know when someone is infected. Teen Clinic tests for Chlamydia by collecting cells from the vaginal wall or collecting urine – it’s that simple! Results are available within a week or two.

Chlamydia is also curable and treatable with antibiotics. It’s important to finish the entire course of medication, even if symptoms go away.

Give us a call to make an appointment to get tested. If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small fee based on your income. You can see our pricing table here.