Frequently asked Chlamydia questions
Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions people ask about Chlamydia and contacting their partners.
For more information on Chlamydia (Fact Sheets) click here .
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Chlamydia is a very common infection, particularly in young, sexually active people who don’t always use condoms. In 2007, in Australia, there were 52,000 recorded cases of Chlamydia and 80% of these infections occurred in people aged 15-29 years.
However, the actual number of infections may be much higher than this as many people with Chlamydia do not realize they are infected and so never get tested.
Chlamydia is passed from one person to another by sexual contact.If you have Chlamydia, then it is very likely that one or more of your sexual partners also have this infection. Telling your sexual partners is important because it:
Remember, most men and women with Chlamydia don’t have any symptoms and so they don’t know they have the infection.
You need to tell your partners that they:
Most people prefer their partners to talk to them face-to-face or over the phone about this issue. However, if this is not possible, or you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then think of using other methods such as email, SMS or a letter in the post. Remember, you don’t have to explain everything to your partners. Just give your partners our Fact Sheet or tell then to:
It’s important to tell your partners as soon as possible. The sooner they get tested and treated the better. If you put it off, you might never get around to doing it.
While people respond best when they know who is contacting them, we understand that sometimes you may feel awkward, embarrassed or even frightened about doing this. So, if you really don’t want your partner to know who you are, you can:
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what method you use to contact your partner. The most important thing is TO LET YOUR PARTNERS KNOW THEY ARE AT RISK.
There are several reasons why your partner’s Chlamydia test may come back negative: