The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

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Can chlamydia be caught without intercourse?

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Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is generally passed by sexual intercourse. Over half the men and women who are infected by chlamydia have no noticeable symptoms. Yet, even without symptoms, the disease can be passed on to another person. If untreated, it can cause damage to the reproductive system in both men and women. It is also been shown to cause arthritis when you get older. (However, not all people who have arthritis have had chlamydia. There are other causes of arthritis.)

Chlamydia can be passed through sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex or even genital contact. So, yes, you can get chlamydia without intercourse. This is why God warns against having sex outside of marriage. Those who freely have sex usually have multiple partners, making the odds of passing a disease highly likely. In warning about the perils of sex outside of marriage, Solomon says, "Now then, my sons, listen to me and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her and do not go near the door of her house, or you will give your vigor to others and your years to the cruel one. ... And you groan at your final end, when your flesh and your body are consumed" (Proverbs 5:7-9, 11). Disease causes a lack of health and longevity. Later Solomon warns, "Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away" (Proverbs 6:32-33). The momentary pleasure of sex is not worth the damage it can do to your body and your soul.