is not surprising chlamydia has been nicknamed the stalker silence: After analyzing the latest data, the Centers for disease Control estimates that more than one in 100 American adults currently have this disease transmission sexual. That amounts to 1.8 million cases and yet only 1.4 of those have been reported. In other words, 400,000 people may have and have no idea about the risk to themselves and their partners.
The man, who rarely develops into a more serious condition, however, have meaning they can infect their partners. For women, the consequences are much more severe. If left untreated for months or years, bacteria places of primary infection of the past, such as the urethra, vagina and cervix to the fallopian tubes and uterus will move. There are leading to scar tissue that can quietly damage your fertility, while having no idea what’s happening, says Minkin. At that time, it may cause a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which often causes severe pain and cramps. But by the time strikes PID, irreversible damage may have been done. “Chlamydia and PID are huge causes of infertility in women,” says Minkin. If chlamydia is left untreated it can also make your system more responsive to HIV.
But here’s the good news: A simple test in the doctor’s gynecologist (either a cervical swab or urine) can diagnose chlamydia, and if you have it, a quick course of antibiotics cures infection. guidelines ob-gyn call for all sexually active women under 25 years to be tested a year old, but if you are over 25 and are not sure (and we mean really sure) the status of your partner, consider getting the test, just to play safe.