How Can Chlamydia and Gonorrhea be Prevented?
- The surest way to prevent the transmission of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs is to abstain from sexual contact.
B: Be Faithful
- The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Decreasing the number of sexual partners will reduce the risk of chlamydia and gonorrheal infections. Practice fidelity with a spouse or partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
- When used consistently and correctly, condoms are 98% effective and are the only form of birth control that can also prevent STDs. Here are the dos and don’ts of condom use:
A latex allergy may prevent the consistent and correct use of latex condoms during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Fortunately, non-latex condoms are available.
Female condoms are also an option. When a male condom is not being used, sex partners should consider using a female condom. If used consistently and correctly, the female condom might substantially reduce the risk for STDs.
Learn more about STIs and staying safe during intimacy here.
What Doesn’t Work
Washing the genitals, using spermicides, urinating, or douching after sex will not prevent chlamydia, gonorrhea, or any other STD. If an individual has any STD symptoms, they should stop having sex and consult a health care provider immediately.