There are so many information out there about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Chlamydia is a STD that is not well known about so hence a vague perception or knowledge on it. Hence here are few Myths and Facts about this STD;
Myth 1: You can get chlamydia from public toilet seat
Fact: Chlamydia trachomatis, the bacteria that causes chlamydia infection, cannot survive outside the human body. Hence, you cannot get chlamydia from a toilet seat. Chlamydia can also not be transmitted through other means of casual contact, such as hugging, kissing, or by sharing towels, bed clothing, swimming pools, or cutlery.
Myth 2: When you get treated for chlamydia you cannot be re-infected
Fact: Once cured, it is possible to be re-infected with chlamydia since you won’t be immune after the infection. Once you have had chlamydia if you don't protect yourself by following practices such as the use of safe protection like use of condoms you might stand a chance of getting re-infected. These condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of getting or giving chlamydia. You must be re-tested about three months after you are treated, even if your sex partner got treated for chlamydia.
Myth 3: You might get infected with chlamydia by coming in contact with a freshly infected droplet in a pool
Fact: Merely coming in contact with the droplet just because it touched your skin or buttocks is not enough for a person to get the infection. The bacteria need to come in contact with suitable body tissue such as the cervix, urethra, or cornea of the eye to survive.
Myth 4: You should share your chlamydia medications with your partner
Fact: You must not share medications for chlamydia with anyone, not even your partner. Chlamydia is curable with the right treatment. Testing and treatment is the best approach to get rid of chlamydia and prevent complications. You should get all of the medication prescribed by your doctor and use rightly to cure the infection.
Myth 5: You cannot get chlamydia through oral or anal sex
Fact: Almost all the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including chlamydia can be transmitted through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Thus, even gay, bisexual, and other men who may have sex with men can get the infection as chlamydia can spread through oral and anal sex. Using condoms and dental dams can help prevent the infection.
Myth 6: You cannot get chlamydia if you had sex just once
Fact: Any sexual contact puts one at risk as you are at risk of chlamydia infection even if you had sex only once. If your partner was infected you can get the infection too.
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