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zerozero
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Hello,

In your infection section you have written about how you can get chlamydia. Quote: "Through vaginal or anal intercourse, during childbirth, and in rare cases, from hand to eye and other nonsexual contact." What can 'other nonsexual contact be?'

Can it really be spread non-sexually? If yes, how so? Can you give me some more resourses about this issue?

Thank you very much.

Regards,

zerozero


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All you have to do is smear chlamydia discharge (vaginal, penile, eyball or otherwise) directly onto a moist mucous surface. Of course, the vagina, urethra and lining of the eye are very moist mucous surfaces. But others exist, like the throat.

Of course what this means for you is that you would need to get some ofthe fresh contaminated discharge and rub it into the appropriate surface. Is it likely? No. So casual household contact is super unlikely. you won't get it from sharing towels or bathrooms and stuff. So if that's what you were worried about, rest easy.

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zerozero
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Thanks for the reply. But still it would mean that you will have to have direct physical contact with someone who has Chlamydia, right? The most likely way to get infection would be any sexual activity with an infected person.
Since it's known that women can catch infections much more easily than men, does it make sense to assume that genital chlamydia can be contracted without sexual contact? Can't chlamydia survive unless on a mucous surface? Is it that much different from trichonomas in its spread as for trich. is known that it can be spread through wet towels and the like?

Thanks again.

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Zerozero


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Gumdrop Girl
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I have not known either chlamydia nor trich to be spread by towels. Still, sharing towels is kinda gross. Fungal infections do spread that way, even if chlamydia and trich don't.

Yes, chlamydia is primarily contracted sexually. It's a tiny percentage who get it other ways. Very tiny.

So you'd have to make one hell of an effort to get it nonsexually.

It sounds like you are scared of something specific. What is it?

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Gumdrop Girl,
Thanks for the follow-up. I am not scared but rather curious about if there are really any cases of getting Chlamydia non-sexually. Seems like it is extremely unlikely to get it outside of sexual relationship, yet theoretically possible.
Thanks again.

Zerozero


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