You can prevent chlamydia by:
You can reduce your risk of acquiring STDs or developing their long-term consequences by taking the following measures:
If you already have chlamydia, you can prevent its transmission by:
You can reduce your risk of getting infected again by helping your partner to get tested and treated.
If you are pregnant, regular prenatal check-ups, including testing for STDs, is also important. Every newborn is routinely treated to prevent neonatal eye infection from either chlamydia or gonorrhea.
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Chlamydia fact sheet. US Department of Health and Human Services Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/. Updated July 8, 2011. Accessed May 16, 2013.
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Last reviewed May 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 5/16/2013