The Chippewa Herald: Cases of Chlamydia on the increase
The Chippewa Herald reported today that cases of Chlamydia are on the rise in Chippewa County Wisconsin. At the end of July the county health department already had reports of 89 cases, compared to the total 112 cases reported for all of 2009. This is in comparison to the next most reported STD, gonorrhea, which had 5 reported cases in 2009.
The Center for Disease Control estimates an average of 2 million Chlamydia infections nationally each year.
Public Health Nurse Carol Meagher says “Many times it’s asymptomatic. If somebody does have it … they usually don’t have symptoms.”
Though the symptoms may be mild, the health risks are not. Untreated chlamydia can lead to infection of uterus or fallopian tubes, and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. PID can lead to chronic pelvic pain, infertility and ectopic pregnancy. For both genders a chlamydia infection can leave them more likely to be infected with an other STD.
Because not everyone is tested, the number of reported chlamydia cases are not all the cases that exist in Chippewa County. Also, because many don’t know they have the infection, it does spread.
To prevent Chlamydia infection, the Chippewa County health department recommends abstinence first, followed by monogamy, and condom use.
Chippewa County Public Health Nurse Carol Lendle says, “If a couple does choose to have sex, both partners should get tested for Chlamydia, and other STDs. Go together, get tested and make sure you’re both free of STDs.”
Talking about STDs is one of the few ways to help stop the spread of disease.