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WASHINGTON The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that women ages 25 and younger be tested for chlamydia every year. Sometimes, symptoms are unnoticeable.
4.7 Times Higher in Native America
In 2008, the prevalence rate among American Indians/Alaska Natives (808.8 cases per 100,000 population) was 4.7 times higher than that of whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the screening in Indian Health Service clinics among young women ages 15-24 years, Chlamydia positivity was highest in region VIII, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
“Pregnant women, those previously diagnosed and treated for chlamydia, and women who have symptoms, should talk to their doctor about being tested for chylamidia as well,”
states Karen Hoover, an epidemiologist with the CDC.
It can be treated and cured with antibiotics. If it's not treated, it can progress, create chronic pelvic pain, and lead to infertility.
“Treatment protects infected individuals from major health consequences, and prevents the spread of disease to others. Anyone who has been diagnosed and treated for chlamydia should be retested three months after chlamydia treatment.”
posted June 8, 2012 6:00 am edt