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Chlamydia: It's Not a Flower ...

Remember going to the women's clinic during college and getting a good laugh out of the "Chlamydia Is Not a Flower" educational pamphlets?

Well, the sexually transmitted disease with the funny name can actually cause serious complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) — an infection of the reproductive tract that can lead to infertility. And yet, many adults underestimate the serious medical effects PID can have, according to a recent Johns Hopkins study.

A few things to know about chlamydia:

  • It's the No. 1 sexually transmitted bacterial infection on college campuses.
  • Nine out of 10 women and six out of 10 men may have no symptoms.
  • When diagnosed through screening tests, chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics to avoid long-term complications such as PID.

Young women should get tested for chlamydia if they are sexually active, particularly with more than one partner. Click here to read more about the effects of chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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