What increases my risk for chlamydia?

Your risk for chlamydia infection increases with the more sexual partners you have. If you are sexually active and 25 years of age or younger, or if you are older but have any risk factors for chlamydia, you should ask your healthcare provider to test you at least once a year. Risk factors include being young and sexually active, having multiple sex partners, and having previous infection with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Women who have sex with women -- either exclusively or in addition to male partners -- are also at risk for chlamydia. Women who have sex exclusively with women may be at a decreased risk, but they should still take precautions. 

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease, so certain sexual behavior can significantly increase your risk. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for chlamydia. Having unprotected sex or having sex with multiple partners may increase that risk. Your age may also affect your risk - chlamydia more commonly affects teenagers and young adults than other age groups. This is especially true among young women whose cervixes are not fully matured yet and are more prone to infection.

Angela Lowery
Family Medicine

You are at increased risk of getting chlamydia by having unprotected sex, improper use of condoms, having multiple sex partners and not being in long-term mutually monogamous relationships.

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