[Question #3274] Chlamydia

39 months ago

Hi, Can Chlamydia survive outside the body? for instance if I have fingered someone infected with chlamydia and take out my finger from her vagina will the chlamydia bacteria die once my finger is out of her vagina and exposed to the air? If I have not washed that finger and the infected vaginal fluid has dried up as a result of being exposed to the air has the chlamydia bacteria died on my finger as it is dried up? Therefore if I use that same finger that fingered a person infected with chlamydia and it’s not washed but dry and I touch SOMEONE ELSE 30 minutes later on their penis or finger them (touch cervix, urethra or Fallopian tube) will that person be infected with chlamydia?


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
39 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  We receive many questions of this sort.  Chlamydia is transmitted from person to person through direct sexual contact and is not transmitted by the transfer of genital secretions on a persons hands or fingers to other people, even if genital secretions from an infected person are on the hands or fingers.  This is the reason that mutual masturbation is considered safe sex and STIs, including both chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV are not transmitted when genital secretions get on other persons during mutual masturbation.  There is no reason for concern or need for testing related to the sort of exposures that you describe. 

I hope this information is helpful. EWH
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39 months ago
Thank you Dr for your response, Therefore if I use a finger that fingered a person infected with chlamydia and it’s not washed but dry and I finger someone else or touch them on their penis 30 minutes later then that person will not be infected with chlamydia?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
39 months ago
Yes, you are correct.  This is what I said above.  no risk for transmission, no need for testing in the situation you describe.  EWH
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