Below the fold: 2.8 million and counting

[caption id="attachment_3858876" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Courtesy of Internet Journal of Microbiology"][/caption] She’s a slut. Don’t worry; I have the facts to back it up. She’s on more college campuses than ever before, preying on the genitalia of men and women. Yes, she’s bisexual, no, pansexual. She wants it all. Why is she such a slut? Well, probably because she never got enough attention. She was never a large public concern, like some of her friends. Now, before you call me a bully and throw this paper in the recycle bin, I should let you know that I’m not actually talking about a girl. I’m talking about chlamydia. Medical journals, doctors and the media have been giving attention to the rise of chlamydia cases in the U.S. over the past year and for a good reason. Chlamydia is transmitted during sexual activity such as vaginal, anal and oral sex. That’s right, even if you practice safe sex, but partake in oral sex, then you could still get infected. The Centers for Disease Control announced that over one million chlamydial infections were reported in the U.S. in 2009, which is a drastic underreport. The CDC estimates that 2.8 million infections occur every year in the United States. The majority of these cases are in sexually active people under the age of 25, making college campuses a breeding ground for the infection. So many cases go unreported because the majority of infected people don’t have symptoms of the infection. One in four men show no symptoms, while 30 percent of women also have no symptoms. Chlamydia symptoms include burning sensation during urination and discharge from the penis or secretion from the vagina. Doctors suggest that people younger than 25 should get tested for chlamydia once a year. Testing for the disease consists of a urine sample test as well as testing of any urethral discharge or cervical secretions, sounds like some fun stuff. Tests are available at most STD and health centers. UHart’s health services center can administer testing and screening for chlamydia as well as other STDs. Connections, the health education and wellness center, also helps students deal with STDs by informing students about their options. “We help students facilitate getting tests done, we work with them on how to get tested with their partner and work in conjunction with health services to do that,” director of Connections Patricia McKenna-Grant said. Getting tested with your sexual partner is an important aspect McKenna-Grant brought up. Once treated and cured, you could just as easily be re-infected by your infected partner. The continual rise of reported cases is making health agencies re-examine public service messages promoting safe sex; meanwhile a new study may lead to a chlamydia vaccine. Researchers at the University of Southampton said that, as of last week, they are on the verge of new approaches to vaccines and therapeutic interventions. Right now treatment for the disease is simple. Antibiotics that range anywhere from $20 to $50 are administered in a single dose or in smaller dosages for a week.

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