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HHS HealthBeat (June 7, 2012)

Checking for chlamydia

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that women ages 25 and younger be tested for chlamydia every year. Sometimes, symptoms are unnoticeable.

Karen Hoover is an epidemiologist with the CDC:

“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.”

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.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: June 7, 2012