You can prevent chlamydia by:

    
  • Abstaining from sex
  • Having a mutually monogamous, lifelong relationship
  • You can reduce your risk of acquiring STDs or developing their long-term consequences by taking the following measures:

        
  • Always use a latex condom throughout sexual activity. Follow directions for proper use.
  • Get checked regularly for sexually transmitted infections, especially if you are under the age of 25 or have more than one sexual partner.
  • Get immunization for preventable sexually transmitted infections. There is no vaccine for chlamydia at this time.
  • If you already have chlamydia, you can prevent its transmission by:

        
  • Making sure that all sexual partners are tested and treated.
  • Refraining from sexual activity until at least seven days after your infection is treated
  • You can reduce your risk of getting infected again by helping your partner to get tested and treated.

    If you are pregnant, regular prenatal check-ups, including testing for STDs, is also important. Every newborn is routinely treated to prevent neonatal eye infection from either chlamydia or gonorrhea.