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Reducing Your Risk of Chlamydia
Any person who is sexually active can be infected with chlamydia. Abstaining from oral, vaginal, and anal sex is the most assured way to remain uninfected. However, if you are sexually active, there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of chlamydia.
- Have a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
- Always use a latex condom during all sexual activity. Proper and consistent use of condoms is important in order for them to be effective.
- Get recommended screening tests, especially if you are a woman under the age of 25 or are not in a monogamous relationship. Sexually active young men should consider screening , although there is no specific guideline.
- Behavioral counseling may be advised if you are a sexually active person at increased risk for infection.
- Avoid risky behaviors, such as unprotected or anonymous sex.
- Know your status and your partner's. Openly discuss sexually transmitted diseases (STD)s.
- Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and any concerns you have about STDs.
Don't let the cost of healthcare deter you from knowing your status. Many local clinics and health facilities offer free screening tests.
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- Reviewer: Marcie L. Sidman, MD
- Review Date: 03/2016
- Update Date: 03/15/2015