Moving a joint affected by arthritis can be painful. Because sex can be physically demanding it may cause discomfort, especially if your hips or back are affected. However, sex itself won’t make your arthritis worse.
Reactive arthritis can be triggered by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia. If you’ve had this type of arthritis before, you should take special care to avoid getting such an infection (by using a condom, for example) because it could cause the arthritis to return.
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