Q. I have suspicions that my husband has been messing around. He recently contracted Chlamydia. He said he got it from sitting on the toilet seat at work. Is this possible? He suggested I get tested as well.

A. You should be tested for Chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease that is caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis). The infection is easily treated with antibiotics, but untreated it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

According to the American Social Health Association, “Chlamydia is not passed through things like shaking hands or toilet seats.” You and your husband may need counseling to deal with this issue.

Join Over 55,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

Each week we send two free email newsletters with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies and a preview of our award-winning radio show. Join our mailing list and get the information you need to make confident choices about your health.

  1. sex education
    Reply

    There is no way you can catch an std from a toilet seat.

  2. CSW
    Reply

    In 1997 my da-n-law gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl, which was her third child.
    After coming home with the baby she was called by staff from the hospital and told she tested positive for Chlamydia. She was also told her baby had to be treated for this STD. She was told if the baby went untreated she could go blind.
    She went to the doctor and RX’s were given to treat the disease. Fortunately, all has turned out well. The baby is now ten years old and thankfully there have been no residual affects from the Chlamydia for the beautiful little girl she has become.
    The da-n-law contracted it from the father who had been committing adultery for several months and the da-n-law was totally unaware. The father also had to be treated.
    Unfortunately the father is no longer a member of this particular family.

What Do You Think?

Share your thoughts with others, but be mindful of protecting your own and others' privacy. Not all comments will be posted. Advice from web visitors is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. In posting a comment, you agree to our commenting policy and website terms and conditions.