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How can chlamydia and gonorrhea be prevented?
The surest way to prevent the transmission of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs is to abstain from sexual contact before marriage, and practice monogamy after marriage with a spouse who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
Latex male condoms, when used consistently and correctly during oral, anal, and vaginal sex, can greatly reduce the risk of chlamydia and gonorrhea transmission. Each latex condom manufactured in the United States is tested electronically for manufacturing errors before packaging; however, condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD. The failure of condoms to protect against STD transmission or unintended pregnancy usually results from inconsistent or incorrect use rather than condom breakage. The following recommendations ensure the proper use of male condoms:
A latex allergy may prevent the consistent and correct use of latex condoms during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Two general categories of non-latex condoms exist. Condoms made of polyurethane or other synthetic materials are available and provide protection against STDs and pregnancy equal to that of latex condoms. The second category of non-latex condoms is natural membrane condoms (frequently called "natural" condoms or, incorrectly, lambskin condoms). These condoms are usually made from lamb cecum (intestines) and can have pores up to 1500 nanometers in diameter. Whereas these pores do not allow the passage of sperm, using natural membrane condoms for protection against STDs is not recommended, as bacteria and viruses can pass through.
Female condoms are also available. When a male condom is not being used, sex partners should consider using a female condom. If used consistently and correctly, the female condom might substantially reduce the risk for STDs.
Spermicides do not prevent the transmission of any STD, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. Sometimes spermicides can irritate the skin of the genitals, which could increase the risk of acquiring some STDs.
Washing the genitals, urinating, or douching after sex will not prevent chlamydia, gonorrhea, or any other STD.
The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Decreasing the number of sexual partners will reduce the risk of chlamydia and gonorrheal infections.
If an individual has any STD symptoms, they should stop having sex and consult a health care provider immediately.