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.
Editor and Founder, Scarleteen
"If you're a bird, be an early early bird --
But if you're a worm, sleep late." - Shel Silverstein
[This message has been edited by Miz Scarlet (edited 04-20-2001).]