How do I protect myself?

How do I protect myself?

You can catch Chlamydia in a number of ways including oral and anal sex. There’s only one way to make absolutely sure you don’t catch Chlamydia and that is to not have sex. Remember, most people don’t have sex until they are at least 17.

However, if you are sure you are ready to have sex, with someone you trust and in a non pressured way, then the best way to protect yourself is to always wear a condom. This is very effective and if used properly will help protect you against most STIs. However, if the condom breaks then you are not only at risk of STIs but also of pregnancy and you and your partner must go to your pharmacy, sexual health clinic or doctors as soon as you can.

The risk of pregnancy can be easily avoided if you choose one of the Lasting and Reliable Contraception (LARC) options such as the implant, coil or depo (injection), or alternatively the pill, which is given to the female. For more information about these options click here. However, this contraception will not protect you against Chlamydia and other STI’s and therefore a new condom must still be used each time you have anal, oral or vaginal sex. You should also get tested for Chlamydia regularly and if the condom splits you should take a test as soon as you can. Condoms are available for free. Click here for more information.

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