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Can someone not contract chlamydia?

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Hi. I recently got diagnosed with chlamydia when someone I had slept with over a year ago got in touch with me and told me she had it. During this time I had a girlfriend, and we have now broken up, but she told me that she recently had a test and she didn’t have chlamydia. Is it really possible to not catch chlamydia after a year of unprotected sex?



January 2nd, 2016 at 2:59 pm

There are a few possible explanations for this situation: one, your partner’s immune system did its job and prevented infection. Two, your partner has been recently infected and it is too early for them to manifest symptoms. Three, your partner hasn’t actually been tested and is embarrassed or afraid to do so.

Because of these possibilities, healthcare professionals often prescribe treatment for chlamydia for both you and your partner to ensure you don’t reinfect each other. Both of you should complete your course of treatment before having sexual contact again, even if your chlamydia symptoms clear up earlier. Your partner should complete the treatment even if they do not believe they are infected, just to be on the safe side.

If you thought you and your partner were monogamous and this infection occurred, you should also talk with your partner about this. While such a conversation can be difficult, it is necessary for your future sexual health.

To prevent future infections, you and your partner should also engage in safer sex by using a condom or dental dam, if you are not already doing so. Note that the pill does not prevent against STD infection, only pregnancy.

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