The surest way to prevent a chlamydia infection is to abstain from sexual activities. Short of that, you can:
April 05, 2014
- Use condoms. Use a male latex condom or a female polyurethane condom during each sexual contact. Condoms used properly during every sexual encounter reduce but don't eliminate the risk of infection.
- Limit your number of sex partners. Having multiple sex partners puts you at a high risk of contracting chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Get regular screenings. If you're sexually active, particularly if you have multiple partners, talk with your doctor about how often you should be screened for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Avoid douching. Women shouldn't douche because it decreases the number of good bacteria present in the vagina, which may increase the risk of infection.
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- Chlamydia. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/TOPICS/CHLAMYDIA/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.
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- Zenilman JM. Genital chlamydia trachomatis infections in men. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.
- Mueller PS. Do-it-yourself vulvovaginal swabs for detecting chlamydia and gonorrhea. Journal Watch: General Medicine. http://www.jwatch.org/jw201301170000005/2013/01/17/do-it-yourself-vulvovaginal-swabs-detecting. Jan. 18, 2013. Accessed Dec. 13, 2013.