[Peter Pointers is here 4 YOU, as a service to LifeLube readers - whatever question you may have regarding sexual health, physical health, mental/emotional and spiritual health - ask him. He will find the answers you are looking 4. from a team of experts Below is a recent Q&A you may be interested to read.]
Question: My boyfriend and I are both infected with Chlamydia. I'm picking up my perscription to treat it this morning, he, however, can not get his meds until next Friday. If I kiss him, while I'm undergoing treatment, and he's not treated for it, can I extract it again?
Thanks for your question! I'm happy to hear that you were tested and are seeking out treatment for your infection. Way to take charge of your health!
You ask a very good question, and one that is important to be mindful of after treatment. Of course, you don't want to get reinfected right after taking your meds. In regards to kissing, you will NOT be able to contract Chlamydia through kissing your boyfriend on the mouth or other body parts (this does NOT include his penis and anus). What you should be careful of is performing oral sex on him (both genital and anal) and having sexual intercourse. If you do choose to have sex or to perform oral sex, using a condom will greatly reduce the chance of becoming reinfected.
Now, there is another option for getting meds for your partner(s). In some states, it is legal to get what is called Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), which is a fancy way of saying that a doctor can give you an extra dose of medication or a prescription for your partner so that they can get treated faster. Therefore, you will be less likely to get reinfected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the national organization for health in the U.S.) has a webpage with lots of information on EPT here There is even a map of states where it is legally available (it'll be legal here in Illinois on January 1, 2010). However, just because it's legal in your state doesn't mean that every doctor is willing or able to do it. If you decide to pursue EPT and need help finding somewhere to get it, let me know - I'll help you out.
Lastly, remember what your doctor tells you about treatment and resuming sexual activity. After taking the drugs, you may have to wait some time before you can have sex again.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! Good luck!
Be Well, Peter
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