Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Questions concerning chlamydia

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Hi, I found out I tested positive for chlamydia on 4/12/14. I took my antibiotic (azithromycin) that same day, and my boyfriend took his on the 15th. We have not had sex yet. My vaginal fluids haven't come into contact with his mouth or penis, and his fluids haven't come into contact with me. However, I did masturbate him the other day (no condom), and we used my saliva as lubricant. Then, this morning, we did the same thing again, and he even ended up licking his hand after stroking himself to add more lubrication. Technically, I suppose we are still undergoing treatment. My question is, could we have possibly reinfected each other by doing this? I don't even know what the chances are that either of us had chlamydia in our mouths. Also, how long should we wait to have unprotected sex? Long story short, the reason we ended up catching it is because a lot of stuff happened that shouldn't have (it was my fault), but we worked things out, we're back together, and are completely faithful to eachother.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Hi Sarah,

I wouldn't be worried about transmission from saliva as that is not a form of transmissible fluid transfer. However, if I were you, I would wait to have sex after you have completed full course of your antibiotic treatment. The reason for this is you could possible re-infect each other with a different strain of the bacteria and then wham you have to start from scratch all over again. Typically, it takes about a week for you to become non-contagious after starting treatment. If you absolutely can not wait to have sex, at least use protection to avoid risk, but I would wait, in all cases, at least a week, AND use protection until the course of treatment is finished.

Best wishes,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

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3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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