Chlamydia prevention can include abstaining from sex, using protection during intercourse (such as a condom), and getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases at least once a year. Know the symptoms of chlamydia as well, such as burning during urination or discharge. Recognition of the symptoms may also be beneficial in chlamydia prevention and understanding.
There are things you can do to lower your risk of getting chlamydia. The following are common methods of chlamydia prevention:
- Abstain from sex
- Be faithful
- Use condoms
- Get tested
- Learn the symptoms of chlamydia
- Tell your partners if you have chlamydia.
The surest way to avoid transmission of any sexually transmitted disease, including chlamydia, is to either abstain from sexual contact or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
Latex male condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia.
Chlamydia testing is recommended annually for all sexually active women 25 years of age and younger. An annual screening test is also recommended for older women with risk factors for chlamydia (a new sex partner or multiple sex partners). All pregnant women should have a screening test for chlamydia.
Any genital symptoms, such as discharge, burning during urination, or an unusual sore or rash, should be a signal to stop having sex and to consult a healthcare provider immediately.