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Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vagina, penis, anus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.
Condoms can help reduce the risk of STI transmission. Condoms are up to 98% effective in reducing the risk of STIs and pregnancy when used correctly. Here are some things to consider when using a condom correctly:
- Talk to your partner about safe sex
- Store condoms away from heat
- Check the expiration date
- Check for a “pillow” of air to be sure it hasn’t been damaged
- Open carefully – don’t rip it!
- Put a condom on before any sexual contact and when the penis is hard
- Pinch the tip of the condom as you unroll it onto the penis, be sure to leave space and make sure no air is trapped in the condom’s tip.
- Use enough water-based lubrication to reduce friction and tearing
- Never wear more than one condom at once. They are more likely to break because of friction.
- Withdraw the penis after ejaculation to be sure it doesn’t slip off
- Use a new condom every time for oral, anal, and vaginal sex.
While condoms are effective, there is still a risk of transmission, so if someone has a partner that has tested positive for chlamydia, it is important to get tested and treated.
Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that re infection doesn’t occur.
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