Can you get Chlamydia in your throat?
“Chlamydia? Since when can you get that in your throat too?!”
We all heard of a Chlamydia infection of the genital area. This is the STD that occurs the most in the Netherlands per year, i.e. 60,000 people are affected per year. But did you know that this annoying bacterium could also hide in other places in your body?
A Chlamydia infection can also occur in the throat. However, this is much less common than an infection to your genitals.
If you give oral sex you run the risk that chlamydia bacteria can cause an infection in your throat. You do not have to have any symptoms, but you can. For example, you may develop a sore throat, have difficulty or pain while swallowing or you can have swollen lymph nodes in your neck.
How do you test Chlamydia in your throat?
To find out if you may have Chlamydia in your throat you can take a swab of your throat.
How do you prevent Chlamydia in your throat?
We know that using a condom when you have sex protects you against STDs. Often prior to sex, people also have oral sex with each other. Oral sex is often practiced without a condom or a dental dam. This often has to do with the fact that people do not like having a condom with lubricant in their mouths. But also from unsafe oral sex you can get an STD!
How big is the chance that you will get Chlamydia from oral sex?
Men or women who satisfy men orally are slightly more likely to have an oral STD than men or women who satisfy women orally. This has to do with the fact that a penis often comes deeper into the mouth and can therefore easily infect the throat mucosa.
What complaints do you have with an oral form of Chlamydia?
Just like Chlamydia of your genitals, Chlamydia in your throat does not always cause symptoms. Complaints that fit with oral Chlamydia are:
- sore throat
- pain when swallowing
- swollen lymph nodes in the neck
What is the treatment of oral Chlamydia?
The treatment of oral Chlamydia is the same as that of genital Chlamydia. The treatment consists of a one-time antibiotic treatment.
Testing for Chlamydia in your throat?
If you have had unsafe oral sex and doubt whether you have an STD? Then it is always wise to test for STDs. It is important that you tell the doctor that you also want to be tested in your throat! For a STD test at OneDayClinic you can often come for a consult the same day and often have the results of your STD test the next working day.