In the innumerable research and studies already completed on sexually transmitted infections, was there any instance that chlamydia in the mouth was established as a possibility? Well, whatever reason you have that lead you to search for an answer to such an issue, the “Yes” answer may be worrisome for you.

Almost all sexually transmitted diseases and infections can be transmitted through unprotected sex. Oral, vaginal and anal sex are all mediums for infections, especially for the top three most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

As to your “how” question, my answer is; “practical common sense will tell to you to avoid contact with the genital area or the anus of a person with an STD.” A person with an STD usually has sores, lesions and skin breakouts around their genital areas and anus. These areas are where most of the bacteria that cause the infection proliferate. Skin to skin contact with these areas can easily transmit the infection to you. During oral sex, as one of the partners, you, of course, will place your mouth on the genitals or anus of your partner. If your partner has chlamydia, syphilis or gonorrhea, your act of love will not bring something favorable to you.

In the US, an NIH (National Institute of Health) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control) joint study conducted on a subject composed of young adults aged 15 to 44 has found that 80% of adults from the subject have admitted having engaged in oral sex at least once by the time the  study was conducted. 65% admitted having engaged in oral sex with multiple sex partners. 45% of those considered teenagers aged 15-19 from the subject demographic admitted to having engaged in oral sex at least once with one partner, by the time the joint study was conducted.

There is a two-pronged higher probability of contracting oral STDs from engaging in oral sex, especially when you are inclined to engage with multiple sex partners. You don’t know them enough to know if they have a present infection. Even the tiniest of microscopic cuts in their genital area, present a threat for transmission of infection. There is also that higher risk of contracting a vaginal, penal or anal sexually transmitted infection if you receive oral sex from an already STD infected partner.

Not only bacteria and viruses that cause chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea infection, are passed from person to person through oral sex, but also the virus (HIV) that cause AIDS. Chlamydia though remains the most transmittable by oral sex.

Chlamydia sores, lesions, and breakouts typically develop around these areas:

  • Throat
  • Genital area
  • Urinary tract
  • Rectum

 Is Chlamydia curable?

The asymptomatic nature of chlamydia will often give people a false sense of safety in the early stages of the infection. They will not immediately become aware that they already have the infection, and even that early they can transmit the infection to unaware partners. However, early detection will give you a higher chance of eradicating your infection. A normal course of the right antibiotics can treat chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. These 3 behave in a comparable manner, and these 3 can all be treated with a normal, course of antibiotics. Penicillin is the most commonly prescribed drugs and typically will run a course of ten days.

The following are early, chlamydia symptoms that signal possible infection:

  • Abdominal cramping and bloating,
  • Burning or painful sensation during urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Lower belly pain
  • Abnormal yellowish vaginal discharge with a strong smell
  • Abnormal bleeding between periods
  • Watery/milky (with pus) penile discharge
  • Swollen or tender testicles

Chlamydia in mouth

Are chlamydia symptoms the same symptoms that will be detected with chlamydia in the mouth or oral chlamydia infection?

Basically, chlamydia in the mouth is an infection of the mucous membrane lining the inside of the mouth and the sensitive areas of the throat. At the early stages, what you will initially have is the most common early visible chlamydia in mouth symptom, which is a severe sore throat. The issues you have to eventually manage is the similarity of this symptom to other symptoms of bacterial and viral infections. This is the reason why some individuals dismiss their symptoms as just mundane infections such as allergies or the common cold.

The next most likely symptom is a low to mid-grade fever after the initial onset of a sore throat, accompanied by heavy, persistent coughing and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms, however, most often are only observed in a small number of the reported population that already experienced chlamydia in mouth infection. This leads to them infecting many others because they have no idea they are even infected.

An image of a progressed oral chlamydia infection.

For early detection and diagnosis of STD infections, the NIH and CDC continually remind young adults who are sexually active to always get tested for STDs at the least suspicion of onset of infection. Be aware that chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable when detected and diagnosed early.

A mouth swab will be taken and will be used to test for the presence of the bacteria that causes chlamydia. Typically, doctors and health professionals will ask you if you have recently engaged in oral-anal sex, which will then require them to also take a swab of the rectal area to confirm chlamydia. For women, though, don’t rely on just a simple vaginal swab or urine test, this type of testing for chlamydia in the mouth or for chlamydia, in general, will not yield accurate test results all the time.

Alternatively you can test at the convenience at home. Because the symptoms of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are very similar, we recommend testing for all infections. The tests will be shipped in a blank and discreet package.