Women should be tested for Chlamydia

June 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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ATLANTA, June 7 (UPI) -- Sexually active women age 25 and younger should be tested for the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia every year, U.S. health officials advise.

Karen Hoover is an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said sometimes Chlamydia symptoms of are unnoticeable.

"Pregnant women, those previously diagnosed and treated for Chlamydia, and women who have symptoms, should talk to their doctor about being tested for Chlamydia as well," Hoover said in a statement.

Chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotics, but if not treated, it can progress, create chronic pelvic pain and lead to infertility, Hoover said.

"Treatment protects infected individuals from major health consequences, and prevents the spread of disease to others," Hoover said. "Anyone who has been diagnosed and treated for Chlamydia should be retested three months after Chlamydia treatment."

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