According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in 2008 there were more than 400,000 young women between 15 and 19 that were infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s).
Experts believe those infected could be twice that number if all (STD) cases were reported. The most prominent 2 of these diseases were Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Young women are usually more likely to be severely affected in the long term; the numbers are not as accurate for young men. Young men are not as likely to be tested for (STD) diseases, but they have similar disease rates.
An estimated 24,000 women become infertile each year due to (STD) infections. Women infected with (STD’s) are more likely to have pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes a number of problems like chronic pelvic pain throughout their life. Ectopic pregnancy, is when the fertilized egg implantation occurs outside the woman’s uterus, this can be life- threatening and is yet another risk for an infected woman.
We need better screening and treatment for our teens as well as behavioral interventions such as health care providers coming into our schools and making teens aware of the long term difficulties caused by (STD’s). Teens need to know they could face problems due to (STD’s) throughout their life. Teaching safe sex and using condoms are two of the most important things that need to be taught.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are spread from male to female during intimate sexual contact and can infect the body through the genitals, anus, or mouth.
If you feel that you have been exposed to Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, contact your health care provider immediately.