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Diseases » Chlamydia » Contagiousness
 

Is Chlamydia Contagious?

Transmission of Chlamydia from Person to Person

Chlamydia is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Chlamydia, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Chlamydia, can be transmitted:

  • by sexual conduct between people.
  • from the mother to her fetus.

Contagion summary:

Sexual contact (oral, vaginal, anal). Also spread to babies during childbirth.

Contagiousness properties for Chlamydia:

  Contagious by sex?: Yes

  Contagious by oral sex?: Yes

  Contagious by anal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by vaginal sex?: Yes

  Contagious mother to baby during childbirth?: Yes

Contagion summary:

Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her newborn during vaginal childbirth. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD)

Discussion about Contagion of Chlamydia:

Chlamydia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Like other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), chlamydia is spread during sexual intercourse via the exchange of bodily fluids through mucous membranes in the anus, mouth, and genital areas. Because there are often no symptoms for chlamydial infection, people who are infected may unknowingly pass the bacteria to their sexual partners. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC)

Lesbian-Health: NWHIC_1 (Excerpt)

There is no evidence at this time that gonorrhea, syphilis, or chlamydia is sexually transmitted between women who are sexually active with women, but large studies have not been done. The majority of lesbian women are sexually exclusive with women (although 90% have been heterosexually active at some time): however, there are some lesbians who do have male partners, and this subpopulation of lesbians are at risk for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. (Source: excerpt from Lesbian-Health: NWHIC_1)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Chlamydia is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.

 

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