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Record number of chlamydia cases - 1 million in US


Is everybody forgetting to use condoms? Does everyone think the world is ending and so they don't care any way? I realize the wars and global warming are depressing - but use a condom, people! Gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia - all preventable diseases caused by sexually transmitted bacteria - are on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Chlamydia rates are highest in black women. A virulent strain of gonorrhea, resistant to ciprofloxacin and other antibiotics has infected over 350,000 people. Chlamydia is a silent infection - without many symptoms - that can damage reproductive organs and result in infertility.
Risk factors are a new sex partner or multiple sex partners. Other than using latex male condoms, if you are in mutually monogamous relationship with a partner and both of you are tested and found to be disease free, you can avoid transmission of STD's. Teen girls and young women are particularly vulnerable because their cervix is not fully mature. Chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, so men who have sex with men are also at risk.

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