Updated: May 31
While sexually transmitted diseases affect individuals of all ages, STDs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. The CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 account for 57 % new sexually transmitted infections reported in 2019. The CDC is the most credible resource for the most updated statics on STI and STD transmission.
One of the most common STIs amongst the younger demographic is chlamydia. One of the main reasons for this is that 90% of young people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. The only way they find out is by getting tested. It is recommended that every 15 to 24 year old female who has had sex should be tested every 6 months, because females are at a higher risk.
Key reasons to why a female is at higher risk:
1. Women are biologically different (vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes)
2. Infection is more likely when a person is being “entered” (vaginally, orally, anally)
3. A female’s cervix (where many infections take place) is more supple, like a sponge
4. Younger people do not get the recommended STD tests
5. Many are hesitant to talk openly and honestly with a doctor or nurse about their sex lives
Chlamydia has been called "the silent disease", because there are usually no symptoms. Some women may experience pain and/or vaginal discharge. Also, repeat infections are common with chlamydia.
So, why are we sharing this information with you? Because we care about your health. At Options for Women, we offer free testing for chlamydia AND we offer free treatment. Don't risk your health, your peace of mind, or your future. Get tested. It's free. It's easy. No judgement. Just answers and solutions.