Did you know that you can get chlamydia in the mouth and throat? Chlamydia isn't a disease that simply manifests in the genitals, it is also possible to experience oral chlamydia in the mouth, throat and even the inner lining of your eyelid!

Like most sexually transmitted diseases, oral chlamydia is quite simple to detect and can be treated as effectively as any other health condition with the use of antibiotics.

If you are worried about your own or someone else's sexual health a test is the most effective way of identifying potential infections.

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About Chlamydia & Oral Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most widely reported STD in the world, and is the second most common STD second to HPV.

Oral chlamydia is not as common as genital chlamydia. You are most likely to be diagnosed with chlamydia of the mouth and/or throat if you have oral sex with someone who is carrying the disease. Conversely, if you receive oral sex from someone who is carrying chlamydia in the mouth or throat, you are at a high risk for developing genital chlamydia.

How Do You Get Chlamydia In The Mouth And Throat?

Chlamydia is passed through intimate sexual contact. While the disease is most commonly transmitted through penetrative anal or vaginal sex, it may also be passed through oral sex. Generally speaking, the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis is passed through bodily fluids and can infect the cervix, rectum, eyes, throat, mouth and male urethra.

It is often misunderstood that you cannot contract chlamydia unless infected bodily fluids make contact with a partner's genitals. However, it possible to contract chlamydia in sex that results in a "dry orgasm", or sex that does not involve ejaculation.

There are some myths out there about how you can contract sexually transmitted diseases, so to put your mind at ease we have detailed some instances in which you will not contract chlamydia.

It is not possible to contact chlamydia through:

  • Kissing
  • Hugging
  • Sharing eating utensils
  • Sharing lipstick
  • Sharing food
  • Sharing toiletries

As mentioned before, chlamydia is most commonly passed on through vaginal or anal sex, however it may occur in other instances.


Chlamydia may be passed on by:

  • Receiving oral sex from someone who has the infection in their mouth or throat.
  • Giving oral sex to someone who has an infection of the genitals
  • The giving or receiving of oral-anal sex
  • Sharing sex toys with an infected partner

So how can you get chlamydia in the mouth and throat?

The most common way to get chlamydia in the mouth or throat is through giving someone oral sex who has genital chlamydia.

These instances include:

  • Performing oral sex on a male who has an infected penis or urethra
  • Performing oral sex on a female who has an infected vagina or urinary tract
  • Performing oral anal

Next, we will discuss the signs and symptoms that you have chlamydia with a particular focus on the symptoms associated with chlamydia in the mouth and throat.

Taking a test is a sure way of indentifying whether a person has a contracted a sexually transmitted disease. We have a selection of tests that will help identify potential infections, you can buy each one online and take our test in the convenience and privacy of your own home.

What Are The Symptoms Of Oral Chlamydia?

Symptoms of chlamydia in the mouth and throat include:

  • A sore throat that is not being treated effectively with throat medicine
  • A cough that is not being treated effectively with cough medicine
  • Feeling feverish
  • Blisters that are similar to coldsores around and in the mouth
  • Tonsillitis
  • Symptoms that are similar to strep throat including white spots and redness in the mouth and throat
  • A scratchy throat
  • Dryness and itchiness in the mouth and throat

How Do You Treat Oral Chlamydia?

95% of those who suffer from chlamydia will be treated effectively if they take antibiotics correctly following their diagnosis.

Following your diagnosis, you shouldn’t have sex even if you are using a condom until both you and your partner have the all clear. If you have chlamydia in the mouth and or throat, you should be particularly careful. Do not engage in vaginal, anal or oral sex until you have completed the treatment.

Whilst our tests can detect the presence of regular chlamydia through a urine sample, we do not currently offer testing for oral chlamydia. A swab based sample test is required for oral chlamyidia detection, commonly procured through a medical professional or sexual health clinic.

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Written by Hannah Kingston | Medically Approved by Dr. Dominic Rowley