Yes. All it takes to contract an STI is one sexual act with one sexual partner who has the infection. This can be your first sexual act, or just your first sexual act with this partner. If they’ve got the infection and you have unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex, you can get it.
The tricky thing about Chlamydia is that most people who contract the infection are asymptomatic – they don’t have any symptoms at all! Half of men and one in three women do not experience symptoms. For people who do get symptoms of Chlamydia, it can include
- painful urination
- painful ejaculation
- pelvic pain
- unusual discharge
It’s also possible to contract chlamydia or gonorrhea in the throat through unprotected oral sex. Symptoms are generally a sore throat. Flavored condoms & dental dams exist purely for protected oral sex. Check out your local clinic or pharmacy for condoms & dental dams; be sure to use them every time!
At Teen Clinic, we test for chlamydia and gonorrhea with a simple urine sample. Because Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STI, we recommend testing after unprotected sex or after sex with a new partner. We also recommend testing when someone is experiencing symptoms, like itching, bleeding with intercourse, painful ejaculation or burning with urination in males, or unusual discharge.
It would be a good idea for you to come to Teen Clinic and get tested for STIs just to make sure. You can learn how to make an appointment here and talk with one of our medical professionals!