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Can Chlamydia Infection Be Contracted Through Intercourse?

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: My wife and I have been using protection in order to not get pregnant for the last year or so. About 5 days ago we had unprotected sex and now I am having pain in my testicles and a cloudy discharge from my penis. From what I have read it is more then likely Chlamydia. My question is, is it possible for my wife to get Chlamydia without cheating on me?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
sexually transmitted but it can be silent

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection, this is the mode of transmission from one person to the next but it can also be silent. This is an important fact and it is mentioned in the CDC information on chlamydia.

There are persons who have chlamydia who do NOT have ANY signs or symptoms of this infection and therefore do not know that they have it.

This means that it is possible for a female or male to have the infection and not know and therefore transmit it to someone.
It is possible that a persons can have this silent infection for a long period of time.

In some instances, women only realize that they may have had this infection at some point in their lives when they try to conceive.
The infection, though not causing any discharge or discomfort, can scar the tubes or other parts of the reproductive tract, affecting fertility.
This does not occur in all cases.

You also may want to consider seeing your doctor to determine if you actually have chlamydia by sending a urine sample to the lab ( urine sample can identify if present )

Summary: (1) it is a sexually transmitted infection
(2)it can be silent- very very common, you can confirm with CDC information on this infection
(3)IF it is chlamydia (this needs to be confirmed), may have been present for a long period of time in partner with no symptoms.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (4 minutes later)
Thank you for the explanation. My wife and I have been dating since we were 16 and neither of us have had other partners outside of our marriage. Is it still possible that she has chlamydia? I guess I am wondering if she can get the infections without getting it from someone else?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
no, sexually transmitted

Detailed Answer:
HI

No. It is a sexually transmitted infection. Transmitted via oral , anal or vaginal intercourse.
Transmitted from mother to child but that would not be relevant here.

Please feel free to ask anything else
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can Chlamydia Infection Be Contracted Through Intercourse?

Brief Answer: sexually transmitted but it can be silent Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection, this is the mode of transmission from one person to the next but it can also be silent. This is an important fact and it is mentioned in the CDC information on chlamydia. There are persons who have chlamydia who do NOT have ANY signs or symptoms of this infection and therefore do not know that they have it. This means that it is possible for a female or male to have the infection and not know and therefore transmit it to someone. It is possible that a persons can have this silent infection for a long period of time. In some instances, women only realize that they may have had this infection at some point in their lives when they try to conceive. The infection, though not causing any discharge or discomfort, can scar the tubes or other parts of the reproductive tract, affecting fertility. This does not occur in all cases. You also may want to consider seeing your doctor to determine if you actually have chlamydia by sending a urine sample to the lab ( urine sample can identify if present ) Summary: (1) it is a sexually transmitted infection (2)it can be silent- very very common, you can confirm with CDC information on this infection (3)IF it is chlamydia (this needs to be confirmed), may have been present for a long period of time in partner with no symptoms. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions