Affecting 3 million American men and women every year, chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD – also known as a sexually transmitted infection or STI) in the U.S. In Minnesota, reported chlamydia cases reached a record high of 18,048 cases in 2012.
To educate our community, we’ve asked Devin, a Planned Parenthood health educator, to relay facts on chlamydia and the importance of getting tested.
From 2011 to 2012, Minnesota saw a 7 percent increase in cases of chlamydia. The majority of those cases occurred in young people ages 15 to 24.
Perhaps most troubling, a stunning percentage of people aren’t aware that they have the infection because there are often no symptoms. In fact, according to Devin, “75% of women and 50% of men have no symptoms at all – which is why it’s so important to get tested.” If left untreated, the infection can cause serious health problems, including infertility.
Planned Parenthood offers no-cost or low-cost confidential testing and expert treatment. Whether or not you have health insurance, qualified health professionals will work with you to provide personalized, non-judgmental healthcare.
For more information on no-cost chlamydia screenings at Planned Parenthood, visit our website.
- by Shieva, Web Correspondent, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund