This article serves to educate woman about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The prevalence of these diseases are reported at a higher rate than you may realize. I can only hope that this article serves as a learning experience about the prevalence of STDs. You may at any time become a victim and this will be due to the fact that many people are not responsible and have sex raw, without a glove, bare, without prior knowledge of the other person’s history and so forth. A one-night stand may seem exciting to you until you become a victim! Be safe ladies and please read this article. This article is also beneficial if used as a tool to teach your little ones about safe sex. They cannot practice safe sex if they are unaware of the statistics and proper procedures for having safe sex. This is extremely important so please do not turn a blind eye.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (2014), the trachomatis infection, also called chlamydia is among the most prevalent and most commonly reported STDs in the United States, comprising of the largest proportion of STDs reported, and more so in young women. The typically asymptomatic infection can result in other health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. However, early screening can increase the likeliness of having PID. Chlamydia is an inflammatory STD and can facilitate acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HPV). Of further importance, if contracted while pregnant, the virus can pass through mom during delivery and baby may wind up with pneumonia or neonatal ophthalmia. Can you imagine the possibility of being childless just because of a choice to be sexually irresponsible? The CDC recommends annual chlamydia screenings for sexually active women below the age of twenty-six.

You must realize that not all health care providers are not actively discussing STDs with their patients, so it is imperative that you speak with them or someone else regarding annual screenings for chlamydia as well as other STDs. Please, for the younger woman here, age is not the deciding factor as to whether or not you will contract a STD, rather; factors such as being sexually active and having unprotected sex are. Therefore, if you are a sexually active teen, you should also ensure to get annual screenings for STDs.

As we are all well aware, chlamydia is only one of many STDs but it is among the top eight. The other seven are :

Gonorrhea:

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV):

Genital Herpes:

HIV:

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):

Syphilis and:

Trichomoniasis:

The numbers are outrageous and the breakdown is 50.5 million of men and 59.5 million of women

References

Center for Disease Control (2014). Chlamydia. RetrievedĀ fromĀ http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats13/chlamydia.htm