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The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmittedĀ diseases is to abstain from sexual contact or be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is not infected.

By using latex condoms correctly and consistently during vaginal or rectal sexual activity, you can reduce your risk of getting chlamydia and developing complications.

Health experts recommend that all sexually active women 25 years of age and younger get chlamydia screening tests annually. They recommend an annual screening test for older women with risk factors for chlamydia (a new sex partner or many sex partners). In addition, all pregnant women should have a screening test for chlamydia.

If you have genital symptoms like burning while urinating or have a discharge, you should stop having sexual intercourse and see your healthcare provider immediately.

Last Updated March 11, 2009

Last Reviewed August 10, 2010