Chlamydia is an extremely common STD in the United States. Although it can quite simply be cured with antibiotic treatment, if it’s left alone or undiscovered, it can have serious consequences. Untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, among other problems. The disease is contagious from the moment you are infected until your treatment is done.
Number Eight: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Rates
As many as 40% of females who do not treat their infection will go on to suffer pelvic inflammatory disease. It’s important to get checked often, even if you don’t notice symptoms. Everyone who is sexually active is at risk.
Number Seven: Most Women Show No Symptoms
It’s scary, but it’s very possible to never know you even have this disease. In fact, 80% of women don’t realize they have it. This can have dire consequences, so it’s important to get checked regularly if you are sexually active, even if you don’t notice signs.
Number Six: Rates of Infertility as a Result of Chlamydia
It’s not uncommon to become barren as a result of not receiving treatment for this STD. In fact, one in every five females living with untreated chlamydia lose the ability to bear children.
Number Five: 3 Million New Cases Each and Every Year
It’s unbelievable how common this STD really is. Up to 3 million new cases of chlamydia are reported in America per year!
Number Four: The Most Common STI in America
This mostly affects younger women and teens. Chlamydia is the most common of all sexually transmitted infections in all of the United States.
Number Three: 1,210,523 Cases in 2008
This is how many instances of the disease were reported. This is over a 9% increase from the year before.
Number Two: 1,422,976 Cases in 2012
The CDC shows that this is the number of infections from all 50 states in the year 2012. We see that the numbers are steadily rising.
Number One: Rates per Capita from ’89 to ’08
In 1989, reported infections were at about 100 for every 100,000 people. This went up to over 400 cases per 100,000 by the year 2008. Again, it’s of utmost importance to get tested to avoid serious complications that can result from such a disease. Thanks for reading.