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  • Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. It’s a bacterial infection caused by a strain called Chlamydia trachomatis that’s spread by having sexual contact (vaginal, anal or oral sex) with an infected individual
  • Women are more likely to be diagnosed with chlamydia, but men can be infected with this STI as well
 

Chlamydia: Beware of This Sexually Transmitted Infection

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Occurrences of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are rising, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1 million STIs are acquired every day worldwide.

This amounts to over 350 million new cases of STIs, such as gonorrhea (78 million), syphilis (5.6 million), trichomoniasis (143 million), and chlamydia (131 million), per year.1

Of these four STIs, chlamydia is the most commonly reported in the U.S. It's a bacterial infection caused by a strain called Chlamydia trachomatis that's spread by having sexual contact (vaginal, anal or oral sex) with an infected individual.2,3

Chlamydia is known to have similarities with gonorrhea, another type of sexually transmitted disease, in terms of symptoms and transmission patterns.4

Chlamydia Statistics Across the Globe

In 2014 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1,441,789 reported cases of chlamydia from 50 states, as well as the district of Columbia.5

At least 2.86 million STIs occur yearly in these places, with two-thirds of these cases happening among people aged 15 to 24 years old — it's said that 1 in 20 young women today have chlamydia.6

The sad fact is, there are likely many more undiagnosed cases, since this STI is known to not manifest its symptoms, leaving out the need for people to seek testing.7

Just like in the U.S., chlamydia is also one of the most common STIs in the U.K.8 In a Health Protection Report by Public Health U.K. published last June 23, 2015, there were 206,774 diagnosed cases of chlamydia.

These account for 47 percent of new STI cases in the country, the highest incidence rate when compared to genital warts, gonorrhea and genital herpes. Of these cases. 138,000 were among people aged 15 to 24 years old.9

Know More About Chlamydia

Women are more likely to be diagnosed with chlamydia, but men can be infected with it as well. There are risk factors that can predispose you to a higher risk of being affected  and lowering your resistance towards the disease, such as being diagnosed with another STI in the past, having another infection, your age and the number of sexual partners you had.10,11

Being diagnosed with chlamydia can be a scary ordeal, but if you're armed with the right information, you can treat this STI quickly. These guides on chlamydia are designed to help you do just that. Keep reading to learn how it affects your body, where the usual attack points are, and the different ways you can combat this infection.

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