The mouth is one part of the body that is open to receive all manners of substances including food, drinks and... diseases. In all fairness, it is a relatively “safe” portal for sexual pleasure. Interestingly, there’s no doubt that many easily get caught in the web of playing with an assurance that their health is covered whenever sexual acts are limited to the mouth.
Chlamydia is one of the common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States (and elsewhere too). There are several variants of chlamydial infection that can attack a human’s body. For oral chlamydia, however, Chlamydia trachomatis is the bacterium that causes it and it is contracted through oral sex.
Generally, this infection is without striking symptoms and it is imperative to know that all oral sexual acts expose one to oral chlamydia. Though considered safe, oral sex is one of the strongest routes for the widespread transmission of STDs, including chlamydia. Recent reports show that American teenagers and young adults favor getting and giving oral sex more than vaginal sex for fear of getting pregnant.
The symptomless nature of chlamydia makes it easy to spread considering that over half of people who get infected do so without any symptoms. This has affected, and still affects the necessity for identifying the disease and treating it. Consequently, Chlamydia is transmitted from one sexual partner to another in different relationships ignorantly.
Oral chlamydia involves oral contact with the genitals of an infected person, or with their infected mouth or throat. The types of oral sex through which the infection can be contracted include:
- Fellatio (blow job), which involves the stimulation of the penis, using one's lips and tongue and at the same time, sucking with the mouth
- Cunnilingus, which is the stimulation of the vagina with the lips and tongue
- Oro-anal sex, where the tongue is used in the stimulation of the anus
The risk of getting infected via oral sex is high and can be contracted through the smallest cut or abrasion on the genitals or the mouth. Sadly, an infected pregnant woman can also pass on oral chlamydia to her baby during birth.
Chlamydia in the mouth affects the throat but the symptoms are mild to not being present at all. Sometimes, the infection will be likened to a sore throat which could be accompanied by mild fever and swollen lymph nodes.
When it comes to diagnosing oral chlamydia, some groups of people are termed high-risk population owing to lifestyle and environmental influence. Those include:
- Men who have sex with men
- Women 25 years and younger who are sexually active
- Commercial sex workers
- Persons engaged in rough sex, or those that have been raped
- Persons whose partners are infected with chlamydia
- Persons who have casual, unprotected sex
- African Americans/blacks
- African Caribbean people
- Drug addicts
- Homeless people
Diagnosis of Oral Chlamydia
Diagnosing chlamydia should be a routine affair for a sexually active person. Current partner/s should also partake in the test.
To test for chlamydia in the mouth, a throat swab is done. It can be carried out at home with a chlamydia testing kit or in a sexual health clinic.
Though there is a good chance that oral chlamydia can resolve on its own within 12 months of infection, it is always advisable to seek treatment when you test positive for the infection. If left untreated in some persons, oral chlamydia could be spread without limits.
More so, complications such as pelvic inflammatory diseases (in women) could arise and this accounts for chronic pelvic pain, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and scarring of the reproductive organs. Arthritis, inflammation of the scrotum and the epididymis (in men) are other complications of untreated Chlamydia trachomatis.
Oral chlamydia can be treated effectively with an antibiotic. The first line of treatment is with doxycycline at 100 milligrams taken twice daily for 7 days. It is not for pregnant women, though. Azithromycin in 1g can also be a drug of choice for treating oral chlamydia. Treatment has to be adhered to in order for a 100% clearance rate to occur. It is, consequently, important to avoid every form of sexual activity – including protected sex – until treatment is completed.
Prevention of Oral Chlamydia
- Before any new sexual relationship, get yourself and your partner tested. It is easier and safer to use a home testing kit
- To avoid getting infected, always practice safe sex including using condoms
- Get regularly tested if you are sexually active
- Do not rely on contraceptives alone. Use condoms with contraceptives during moments of high-risk sex activities
Conclusively, since it is a well-known fact that where sexually transmitted diseases are concerned, it is common to spread them through oral sex which, of course, involves the mouth, be warned and be careful how you use your mouth in the bedroom!