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Can Chlamydia Spread Even With A Condom?

Published: February 18, 2004
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Is it possible for Chlamydia to be spread from person to person even with the use of a condom?
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Dear Can Chlamydia Spread Even With A Condom?,

Chlamydia is the most commonly transmitted STD. Chlamydia is an infection caused by a microscopic organism. It can be spread by vaginal or anal sex. Touching your eyes with a contaminated hand can also lead to conjunctivitis. Condoms are effective in preventing the spread of Chlamydia as with many other STDs, but nothing (except abstinence) is 100%.

 

Chlamydia sometimes does present with no symptoms in both males and females. That is why it is important to use condoms and other forms of protection. If symptoms result men may experience a whitish yellow discharge from the penis, frequent or a burning sensation during urination, and redness at the tip of the penis. Women may experience a bad smelling discharge from the vagina, mild discomfort similar to menstrual cramps, bleeding between periods, painful periods, pain when having sex, itching around the vagina and painful urination.

 

Chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotics when caught early. Individuals who have no symptoms may not know they have Chlamydia until major complications arise. Epididymitis (the inflammation of male sexual organs) can lead to sterility in males and pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to sterility in women. At this point the individual may become sterile and may need stronger antibiotics to treat the disease.

 

To protect yourself always practice safer sex.   If you suspect you have Chlamydia please see your doctor immediately. If you live in northern New Jersey, please call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at (973) 971.6475. If you live outside of northern New Jersey, please look up your local Planned Parenthood

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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