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Chlamydia

This is the most common bacterial STD today. Any young woman who is sexually active (even if only once) can have chlamydia.

How do you know if you have chlamydia?

Most young women that have chlamydia do not have symptoms for a long time. As the infection advances, it can ascend into the uterus and fallopian tubes and cause a painful and serious infection.

The good news is that this infection can be detected and treated before any symptoms ever appear, by having a simple culture during a pelvic exam at your local family planning clinic, or with your doctor or nurse practitioner. This is one reason that any young woman who has been sexually active even once, should have a pelvic exam.

Long term consequences of chlamydia that is not prevented from developing, can be as serious as causing scarring and permanent damage of the fallopian tubes which can result in infertility.

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