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.
Sexual contact (oral, vaginal, anal). Also spread to babies during childbirth.
Contagiousness properties for Chlamydia:
Contagious by sex?:
Contagious by oral sex?:
Contagious by anal sex?:
Contagious by vaginal sex?:
Contagious mother to baby during childbirth?:
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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