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Can you get chlamydia from kissing?

You can’t get chlamydia from kissing someone who has it — or from other casual contact, such as hugging, sharing towels or eating utensils, or using the same toilet. Chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted infection (STI), is spread through: 

  • Vaginal, oral, or anal sex 
  • Touching an infected person’s genitals 
  • Childbirth (from an infected mother to her baby) 

Both men and women can get chlamydia and can pass it on to men or women. A man who has chlamydia does not need to ejaculate to infect his partner. A person with chlamydia can pass it on even if he or she has no symptoms. If you’ve had chlamydia in the past and been treated for it, you can get it again. 

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