Can chlamydia be passed through kissing?


Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is primarily spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected partner. While it is possible to transmit chlamydia through oral sex, kissing alone is not considered a mode of transmission for this infection.

Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which typically infects the mucous membranes of the reproductive organs, anus, throat, or eyes. The bacteria are spread through contact with infected bodily fluids, such as semen, vaginal fluids, or anal fluids.

While chlamydia can be present in the throat and transmitted through oral sex, it is not typically present in saliva, which means that kissing alone is not likely to spread the infection. However, it’s important to note that other sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes and syphilis, can be spread through kissing if there are open sores or lesions present on the mouth or lips.

It’s always a good idea to practice safe sex by using condoms or other barriers during sexual activity and getting regular STI screenings if you are sexually active. If you are concerned about your risk for chlamydia or other STIs, it’s best to speak with a healthcare provider who can provide guidance and testing.

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