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How Is Chlamydia Transmitted?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Chlamydia is transmitted during sex. You can catch it during oral, anal and vaginal intercourse."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Chlamydia is one of the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases. It is caused by bacteria, which are easily transmitted during sex. Find out whether you’re at risk and how to protect yourself.

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.