Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). Chlamydia are bacteria that can be transmitted very easily. If left untreated, the infection can lead to inflammation of the urethra, rectum and genital area.
Chlamydia can be transmitted during almost all sex practices that involve direct contact of (infected) mucous membranes or body fluids (such as semen, urine, front hole secretions).
Chlamydia is most commonly transmitted during fucking, but can also be transmitted via the hands or (improperly cleaned) toys. During a blowjob or licking, the bacteria can be absorbed into the throat.
- Condoms and internal condoms can reduce the risk of infection. You can also use these to reduce transmission through shared toys.
- When fisting, gloves can reduce the risk of infection. Each person should use their own lubricant or lubricant pot. Important: Lubricants containing grease attack latex. Use latex gloves only in combination with fat-free lubricant.
- When fisting or fucking with more than one partner: Change the condom, gloves or toy before fucking someone else.
- Make sure you are protected against HIV. With a chlamydia infection, HIV can find an easier way into the body through the inflammation of mucous membranes.
- In people with an untreated HIV infection, chlamydia infections can be more severe and lead to a higher viral load.
- Regular testing can detect and treat an infection at an early stage.
- Inform your sex partners and wait for the medical treatment to finish before having sex again.
Chlamydia often does not cause any symptoms and is therefore often only recognised and treated late. In some cases, an untreated infection leads to infertility.
Possible symptoms that may appear after one to three weeks are:
- Burning or pain when pissing
- Itching, burning or discharge from the urethra, front hole or ass.
- Pain in the testicles or lower abdomen
- Fever and/or diarrhoea
Test & Treatment
Chlamydia can be detected via a swab or with the help of a urine sample and is easily cured with antibiotics.
The tests can be done by doctors of urology or skin and sexually transmitted diseases. In many sexual health centres, AIDS support centres or testing projects such as Checkpoints, the tests and consultations are often offered anonymously and at low cost.
Further information is available from the Deutsche Aidshilfe here.