Why Few Women Want to Get Tested for Chlamydia
Date: February 17th, 2016
The risk of being sexually active
Do you know that only 38% of the 16M American women between ages 16-25 years old are sexually active? They were screened for chlamydia the year before that, placing them at the higher-risk list for severe pain, risky gestation and even infertility problems. This is according to the American health experts. According to Chlamydia information data, it is one of the most frequently reported STD in America with 1.3M newly reported cases in 2010. However, because the infection has no symptoms for most women, the real rate of the infections might be double than the real rate or it might be around 2.8M new cases yearly according to the interview with the director of STD Prevention.
If it is discovered early on, after Chlamydia screening, it can be treated easily with antibiotics. This is the reason why the CDC suggests that the yearly screening for sexually active women and doing the tests 3 months after given the treatment for those who were infected. However, according to the researches shown during the meeting, a lot of women are not actually following such suggestions. The new record is clear enough that the authorities are missing a lot of chances to secure the welfare and the health of young women. This is according to the interview by Bolan shedding light on Chlamydia information.
Being sexually active and the essence of the screening test
There is a study shown during the meeting that Hoover of the CDC checked the data from 2006 until 2008 from the national representative survey. She has discovered that 38% of the young women age 15-25 or even more than 9M young women who were sexually active in the previous year; they were screened for chlamydia suggested. The test rates were quite higher, nevertheless, within the particular groups that includes women ages 20-25, 42% of whom had undergone chlamydia screening are black women, while 55% of those who went through the tests have multiple sexual partners, 47% of which said that they have been tested a year before that. Even if women are tested, they usually do not get retested again to make sure that they haven’t been re-infected again by their sexual partner.
The analysis made by Morrison, who belongs to a non-profit group that trains health and even social workers, the laboratory data on 63,000 men and women in NYC, U.S Virgin Islands and New Jersey has discovered that 11% of men and then 21% of women were retested in just 6 months’ time for the treatment of chlamydia. The uncured chlamydia infections may spread out to the uterus or to the Fallopian tubes. It might cause inflammation of the pelvic, which is a kind of inflammatory disease.
Undiagnosed infections at the upper genital tract may cause damages to the Fallopian tubes, tissues around, severe pain, possible ectopic pregnancies, infertility and others. Just like any other type of STD, chlamydia might also make a woman prone to HIV infections if exposed. It is so important for health care providers to not just be cautious of the essence of conducting tests for women who are sexually active yearly for chlamydia infections; however, those who were tested must go through a retest to diagnose any possibility of recurrence.