Chlamydia: Most Common STD In U.S., But Few Women Screened
1 year ago
Only 38% of women screened in 2010
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there were1.3 million new cases of chlamydia in 2010, making it the most commonly reported STD in the country. However, only 38% of the women here ages 15 to 25 were even screened for it. Meaning that the number of people with it could be considerably higher than you think.
Testing rates among women ages 20 and 25 faired slightly better at 42%, while black women accounted for the highest rate of screening at 47%.
If you're reading this thinking "why should I get screened?" here are a couple reasons why.
Chlamydia is especially dangerous to women as it causes pain, infertility and problematic pregnancy. If it isn't detected and then treated, the disease can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease.
Men can also contract the diseases and experience symptoms similar to gonorrhea, including burning feeling while urinating, discharge and pain.
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