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Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States today.

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Carlos Zamora Edison Yagoubian Biology I Honors 13 May 2012 Chlamydia Chlamydia has grown to become a very harmful STD over the span of its lifetime. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States today. It is also extremely recommended for sexually active women to be screened for Chlamydia every year. Although Chlamydia is easily curable, if left untreated, Chlamydia can impact a women's ability to have children. There are an approximately 2.8 million new cases of Chlamydia in the United States each year. What is shocking is that in 2008, only 1,210,523 cases of Chlamydia infections were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which leaves the rest untreated. ...read more.

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Some symptoms of this bacterial infection include abnormal discharge or either mucus or pus from the vagina or penis as well as experiencing pain while urinating. These early symptoms are usually very mild. Every year, there are approximately 750,000 women in the United States that that develop pelvic inflammatory disease, a serious infection of the reproductive organs. The chances of developing this disease increase by about 20 to 40 percent if a chlamydial infection is left untreated. What's worse, a baby who is exposed to the Chlamydia bacteria in the birth canal during delivery may develop an eye infection or even pneumonia. Because of these possible risks to newborns, health specialists recommend pregnant women get tested for Chlamydia as part of their parental care. ...read more.

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In conclusion, the surest way to avoid the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual contact or be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is not infected with any disease. If remaining abstained from sexual contact is not an option, the use of latex condoms correctly and consistently during vaginal or rectal intercourse will dramatically lower your chances or contracting one of these many sexually transmitted diseases. If you ever develop any symptoms such as burning while urinating or having a discharge, you should stop having sexual intercourse and see you healthcare provider immediately. ...read more.

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