How Chlamydia Can Be Spread
- Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. People can get chlamydia through vaginal or anal sex. Occasionally, people get it from oral sex. It is not necessary for body fluids to be exchanged or for any penetration to occur in order for the disease to be spread. Just oral or genital contact with someone’s mouth, genitals, or anus can spread the disease.
- If someone has chlamydia bacteria on the hands and touches his or her eyes, eye infections can result.
- Newborns can get chlamydia infections in their eyes or can get pneumonia during birth if their mothers have the disease.
- You cannot get chlamydia from a toilet seat, by shaking someone’s hand, or similar ordinary activities.