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Chlamydia: 7 Misconceptions Debunked

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Written by Nancy

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be easily passed from one person to another. Owing to the scarcity of knowledge, too many myths are brewed and thrown at on the internet or in conversations.

It’s important to tell apart a fact from a mere myth spread by less-informed people. Here’s your guide entailing a list of misconceptions associated with chlamydia.

Chlamydia Trachomatis

Chlamydia trachomatis is the culprit causing chlamydia. As a sexually transmissible infection, chlamydia can affect a sexually active person.

Myths About Chlamydia

Myth#1: It Affects Females

So the first misconception is that chlamydia only affects women. That’s not the case! If a person comes into sexual contact with an infected person, they can get chlamydia.

Myth#2: Your Body Gets Rid of It

Our body doesn’t have some superpower to get rid of STIs. That’s only true for cold. Your immune system is unlikely to combat chlamydia. If detected early on, it’s treatable using antibiotics.

However, if it doesn’t get treated at its onset, it could result in serious conditions. Untreated chlamydia could develop PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) in women leading to infertility and risk of ectopic pregnancy. It also causes infertility and epididymitis in men.

Myth#3: Oral Contraception Is Effective

Oral contraceptives are only useful to prevent pregnancy. Female and male condoms can protect from contracting and spreading chlamydia and other STDs.

Myth#4: Immunity After Chlamydia

You can’t be immune to chlamydia after you contract it once. It’s not chickenpox! You can contract chlamydia more than once during unprotected sex. If you or your partner tests positive, it’s recommended to avoid intercourse until it’s completely treated.

Myth#5: Toilet seat Dilemma

People believe they can contract chlamydia by using a toilet seat. Fortunately, the chlamydia trachomatis doesn’t live outside the human body, let alone a toilet seat. You can only catch it due to unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person.

Myth#6: Oral and Anal Sex Are Chlamydia Free

Any unprotected sex can lead to STIs, whether oral, anal or vaginal sex. If you don’t undertake adequate care and protection, you can catch chlamydia and pass it on through any form of unprotected sex.

Myth#7: It’s Unpreventable

Safe and protected sex can reduce the likelihood of catching STIs. Using contraceptives like condoms can prevent the risk of getting chlamydia.

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About the author

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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