While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia, can potentially inhibit an individual's ability to conceive, many people are unaware that they are infected until the damage has already been done. For this reason, more health experts warn those who are thinking about engaging in intercourse without using protection, especially in Onslow County, North Carolina.
Recently, the Onslow County Health Department came out with new numbers show that chlamydia is becoming a growing problem in the community, according to the Jacksonville Daily News. Between January and June 2011, 585 cases of the STD were documented in the county. During this same time frame in 2012, the number had increased to 802, which raised a red flag.
“We are trying to get treatment for chlamydia out there,” Leslie Brandon, the nurse supervisor for the Onslow County Health Department, told the news source. “I believe it is the [number one] reportable STD.”
Brandon added that the county STD clinic is one of the busiest in the health department. This clinic is staffed with three nurses who are trained to help individuals with STDs, free of charge.
“If we diagnose someone with an STD, we give them a card to give to their partners,” Brandon stated. “[The partner] can take that card anywhere to get tested."
Only 30 percent of women with chlamydia show symptoms, while 25 percent of men exhibit them, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. For this reason, the disease can be difficult to track and diagnose. However, chlamydia can be treated with the proper use of antibiotics. Individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease can also prevent transmitting it to their sexual partners by using condoms.