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Heather
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The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is strongly urging ALL doctors to screen their female patients under 25 for Chlamydia, an STD which is most common in younger women, and may infect up to 20% of women under 25.

Presently, most doctors and GYNs do NOT screen for Chlamydia unless a patient requests it. Some of those doctors do not do so because their pateients are not honest with them about their sexual activity. So, while about 65% of 18-year-old women are sexually active, only about 12% of women are being screened. Not good.

Most people with Chlamydia do not have noticeable symptoms, but left untreated, it can cause Pelvic Inflammatory disease, permanent infertility, and can cause disabilities and complications in infants. having Chlamydia also makes your risk of HIV far higher.

So, be SURE to ask for a Chlamydia screen at your next GYN or doctor visit, and always be honest with your gynecologist, and see your GYN every year without fail.

It's your health and your life -- don't gamble with it.


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Grizabella
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Good reminder.

[--edit: y'know, I really should pay more attention when I read things. I had a nice list of facts here only to discover that the article contained pretty much the exact same information.--]

I did a project on Clamydia this year. I found out that:
-It's 4 times as common as Gonnorhea and 30 times more common than Syphyllis.
-The symptoms are similar to those of Gonnorhea.
-About 1% of men with Chlamydia (~15,000) get Reiter's syndrome.

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Grizabella
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*Tsk* And of course I get all full of myself and completely ignore the fact that you linked to the article...

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glitter695
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Yeah Im doing a project on it too.

I went with my friend to go get an STD test and it said he had Chlamydia. Im glad that he got tested. I kept telling him and telling him, he finally listened. He got treated for it and hes headed off for a follow-up soon. I love helping people out.

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yep. clean

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Thanks for telling us. I did get tested for it back in November but I'm planning to get tested in late May since I'm sexually active again.

And I am so proud of myself, we used condoms. That's the first time I've used them in two years. Thanks to coming here I know just how important it is to take care of myself and my partner.

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