Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Peter, my boyfriend and I have Chlamydia...

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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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  1. What home tests are there for chlamydia?

  2. One of the easiest ways to have a home Chlamydia test done is through the website http://www.gettested.com. They have home testing available for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. For Chlamydia testing specifically, click http://www.gettested.com/chlamydia.php.

    We would recommend having STD testing done either at a health clinic or with your medical provider. This way, if there is an infection present, you can receive medications for treatment as soon as possible. However, the tests that are available for home testing are FDA approved and provide dependable results.

    Be Well,
    Peter P

  3. What are names of companies' who make home tests for chlamydia?...

  4. I'm sorry for any confusion, however, the links I provided above seem to be wrong. At home Chlamydia testing is avaialble at http://www.getstdtested.com. Chlamydia testing can be found at http://www.getstdtested.com/chlamydia.php.

    These tests are produced by the company getstdtested.com, were approved by and are processed through Quest Diagnostics.

    For questions about this product, on the website, there is a chat support and a phone number for customer support.

    The only other option I've found availabe for at home Chlamydia screening is through a research project out of Johns Hopkins University. At their website www.iwantthekit.org, people in Denver, Colorado; Maryland; West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and select counties of central Illinois.

    Be Well,
    Peter P.

  5. We could look at things so to speak from the point of view of the microorganism.

    by Michael Pollon
    The Botany of Desire
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  6. Apologies, I didn't finish my thought:

    "At their website, www.iwantthekit.org, people in Denver, Colorado; Maryland; West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and select counties of central Illinois, can get an at-home Chlamydia test for free!"


  7. Hi,

    1 in 4 sexually active teenagers become infected with an STD every year, in the United States alone. Now, more than ever, we need to join together to fight this growing issue. As I read through your website, it is clear that you share the same passion for STD/STI awareness. We here, at Disease.com, understand the importance of STD/STI prevention and treatments. If you could, please list us as a resource or host our social book mark button, it would be much appreciated. We can not reach every teenager, but together we can try.
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    Thnak You,
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