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How Did I Get Chlamydia If I Didn’t Cheat?

Chlamydia is a commonly contracted sexually transmitted disease that, if left untreated, can lead to complications with future reproductive health. It is normally contracted through sexual contact between people who don’t use protection. 

If you contract chlamydia whilst in a committed relationship with someone and you haven’t cheated, you may want to speak with your partner. It is likely that you have caught it from them, but it is also possible that either one of you had the infection before entering into a relationship. Catching chlamydia through non-sexual contact is not medically recognised.

Whilst we can’t give you too much advice on how to approach your partner about how you both caught chlamydia, we can offer you advice on getting tested, and what chlamydia means to you both and your reproductive health. 

Let’s review chlamydia, how you can catch chlamydia, and how it is treated to provide some clarity on the matter. 

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Misconceptions About Chlamydia Transmission

Chlamydia is typically one of the most common STIs and, as such, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding ways in which it can be transmitted.

The following myths are not true when it comes to chlamydia:

You Can Get Chlamydia From A Toilet Seat, Sharing A Towel Or Clothes Or From A Swimming Pool

Chlamydia is only transmitted between warm, wet bodies. As such, it can’t be transmitted through ordinary objects. Sex toys, however,  can transmit chlamydia. 

Find out more on this topic with our blog – Can You Catch An Sti From A Toilet Seat?

You Can Get Rid Of Chlamydia Without Medical Intervention

Once chlamydia is present in the body, it can only be treated with medical intervention. You must get tested right away and treat chlamydia to prevent it from causing harm to your reproductive organs. 

Two common types of antibiotics are prescribed to treat chlamydia, they are: 

  • Azithromycin: The course will consist of 2 or 4 tablets taken in one sitting.
  • Doxycycline: This is taken as 2 tablets taken every day for a week.

Your Sexual Health offers quick, easy and discreet sexual health screening for chlamydia across the UK, and also by home testing methods, too. 

Read more on chlamydia testing with our recent blog – How Do You Treat Chlamydia?

You Can Only Get Chlamydia Once

Unlike some infections, your body doesn’t build up an adequate defence against chlamydia. It can be caught multiple times. Taking medication for chlamydia doesn’t provide a future defence against chlamydia. 

You Can Tell If Someone Has Chlamydia

No, there is no real indicator that someone has chlamydia. If you believe someone you have been in contact with has chlamydia, the only way to be sure is to seek testing. 

For more information on Chlamydia, consider some of our other blogs on the topic:

Where To Go From Here – Getting an Instant Chlamydia Test

Whilst you or your partner having chlamydia whilst in a committed, monogamous relationship isn’t always indicative of cheating. However, you should seek testing immediately.

Your Sexual Health is a private provider of sexual health tests for a variety of diseases. For peace of mind, you may want to be screened for a variety of other diseases too. In such cases, you can buy our Same Day Test. This covers;

  • Chlamydia,
  • Gonorrhoea,
  • HIV,
  • Syphilis,
  • Herpes Simplex I/II (Current & Past Infection).

These tests can offer you peace of mind across a whole spectrum of other infections, including chlamydia, and can give you accurate results the same day. If you believe your partner has had sexual contact outside of your relationship boundaries, testing is the only way to keep you up to date with your current sexual health as an individual. 

Contact Your Sexual Health and find out about our quick, safe, discreet and comprehensive sexual health tests today.