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Chlamydia - Preventing chlamydia

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You can protect yourself against chlamydia by:

  • using a condom every time you have vaginal or anal sex
  • using a condom to cover the penis during oral sex
  • using a dam (a piece of thin, soft plastic or latex) to cover the female genitals during oral sex
  • not sharing sex toys

If you do share sex toys, wash them or cover them with a new condom between each person who uses them.

These measures can also protect you against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as genital herpes and gonorrhoea.

Find out more about chlamydia symptoms and getting tested for chlamydia.

If you think you're at risk of having an STI, or you have any symptoms, visit your local sexual health clinic to have them checked out. Find your local sexual health services.

You can find out more about all sexual health services, contraception and STIs on the FPA helpline 0845 122 8690 or call the Worth Talking About helpline on 0800 282930 (2pm-10pm every day) for advice on contraception, sexual health and relationships.

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Medical Review: November 17, 2011
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