Sexual Health news - Chlamydia

New CDC report shows chlamydia is on the rise

Although many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be kept from spreading by using condoms, which are affordable and accessible throughout the U.S., researchers are finding that the number of Americans with a certain STD is still rising, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A new report issued by the CDC showed that, in 2011, approximately 1.4 million Americans had been diagnosed with chlamydia, which is a new record, according to American Medical News. This total is also an 8 percent increase from the number of instances reported in 2010.

"Promotion of sexual health and understanding of its consequences are critical for the nation, especially for young persons," Arik Marcell, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, told the news source.

As the U.S. National Library of Medicine states, only about 30 percent of women with chlamydia have symptoms, as the STD often goes undetected. If not treated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Individuals can protect themselves by using protective measures, such as condoms, and verifying with their sexual partners that they are STD-free.