Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Most Common STDs: #1 Chlamydia

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to examine the 10 most common STDs. We’ll start with the most rampant STD — Chlamydia. Oftentimes those who have contracted Chlamydia don’t show symptoms for months or even years. More than one million cases are reported each year in the United States, and the highest proportion of cases is among women aged 15 to 24.

So what exactly is Chlamydia? According to, it’s a bacterial infection of the genitals, anus or throat. If left untreated, the infected individual is at increased risk for infection or other STDs, including HIV. In women, Chlamydia can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can lead to infertility and tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. Babies born to infected women can develop eye or lung infections.

For more information on Chlamydia, including symptoms and treatments, read the full article.

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