Can you get Chlamydia from kissing?

What is Chlamydia?

Before we talk more about how you catch Chlamydia and if you can get Chlamydia from kissing, it’s important to understand what Chlamydia is. Chlamydia is the most common STD, and it is most common in young sexually active women, between the ages of 16 - 24 years old. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) and although it is most commonly found in women, it can also affect men too.

Chlamydia is an STD that is easily treatable, but an STD that can lead to seriously health complications if left untreated or undiagnosed. Because of this, if you’re ever unsure about any symptoms or you think you might be infected, it’s always best to get tested. Symptoms for Chlamydia may not appear straight away, they may take a few weeks to appear.

Remember: Not everyone with Chlamydia experiences symptoms - so just because you feel ‘fine’ doesn’t mean you’ve avoided catching Chlamydia. It’s always best to be tested if you’re unsure.

The symptoms of Chlamydia can include:

  • A burning sensation when you wee
  • An abnormal discharge from your genital area
  • Unusual sores or swelling around or on the genitals
  • Pain in either (or both) testicles
  • Anal bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding (between periods)

How do you catch Chlamydia?

In short, you can't catch Chlamydia by kissing someone. You also can’t catch Chlamydia by hugging, sharing drinks or using the same toilet as someone who is infected.

Chlamydia is passed from person to person by sexual contact, which usual means having unprotected sex with an infected person. This can also include non-penetrative sex.

Here are some of the ways Chlamydia can be passed from person to person:

  • By having unprotected vaginal intercourse
  • Unprotected oral or anal sex
  • By touching your genital areas together (even if there is no penetration)

In rare cases, Chlamydia can also be passed to a baby (through childbirth) if the mother gives birth whilst infected with Chlamydia.

Getting tested for Chlamydia

If you’re worried you have Chlamydia and want to book an appointment for  STD testing, you can do so at any STD clinic, or your GP. You can also use a private doctors (if you’d rather not visit your GP) like the ones we offer at London Doctors Clinic. It is best to get tested for Chlamydia after two weeks after you think you may have contracted the infection - if you have any symptoms then book an appointment straightaway.

Our clinics are conveniently located across London, and in most cases you can book an appointment on the same day to be tested. The appointment lasts only 15 minutes, so it’s short and efficient, and you can rest assured knowing you’ve been tested, with some results arriving in as little as a few hours. You won’t need to come in for the results in a follow up appointment, we can phone or text you. 

What can you catch from kissing?

There are some diseases and infections that can be passed from person to person by kissing however, so we’ve listed these below:

  • A common cold
  • The flu
  • Viral infections
  • The Epstein-Barr virus
  • Herpes Simplex (Cold sores)
  • Hepatitis B (but only if blood is exchanged)
  • Meningitis


For more information on sexual health and common STIs, take a look at these articles: