Can you get chlamydia more than once?
Even if you have had chlamydia in the past you can catch it again. You can’t get immune to chlamydia bacteria, so it is important that you use a condom every time you have unprotected sex with a partner who could have it.
It is not uncommon for patients to get re-infected and it is particularly important that your partner gets tested and treated as well, otherwise they might pass the infection back to you. Make sure you tell your previous partners if you have been diagnosed with chlamydia, so they can get tested, too. Your GUM clinic or online doctor can contact your partners on your behalf without disclosing your name to them.
How can I get tested?
If you have had unprotected sex, you should get tested for chlamydia. You can either see your doctor and get tested at a local surgery or GUM clinic or you can order a test kit online.
If you have had vaginal sex, you need to use a urine test (for men) or a swab test (for women) to find out whether you have been infected.
Since chlamydia can also be contracted during oral or anal sex you may also need to consider a rectal or an oral swab test.
It is recommended that anyone who is sexually active gets tested for STIs once a year. This is very important if you have sex with changing partners.
Causes of chlamydia - Common Myths
Myth: You can catch chlamydia from a toilet seat.
Truth: It is impossible to catch chlamydia from using a public convenience. You can only catch it from intimate contact with an infected partner.
Myth: You can get chlamydia from using a swimming pool or jacuzzi.
Truth: This is a myth - you can’t get chlamydia from going swimming in a pool or sharing a bath.
Myth: You can catch chlamydia from kissing.
Truth: You won’t get chlamydia from kissing (but it is possible to contract it through oral sex).
Myth: If you share food or a drink with an infected person, you can get chlamydia.
Truth: This is wrong - there is no risk of catching the STI when sharing food or cutlery.