Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), can be easily spread from person to person during sexual intercourse when protection isn't used. When an individual contracts the STD, he or she may not show symptoms for an extended period of time, allowing the infection to live in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although antibiotics can be used to treat chlamydia, it can eventually result in pelvic inflammatory disease in those who fail to receive medication in a timely manner.
Now, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that even those who receive a diagnosis for the STD aren't being retested after being treated, according to Healio, an informational resource for medical professionals.
“Retesting for chlamydia several months after treatment is important, because a large percentage of persons will become reinfected by an untreated partner or by a new infected partner,” Karen Hoover, M.D., told the news source.
One of the easiest ways to prevent STDs is to utilize condoms during intercourse. However, individuals can also give themselves peace of mind by maintaining a monogamous relationship with a partner who is STD-free.