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Chlamydia

Chlamydia Overview

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection disease transmitted when people have sexual relations. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, with over 2.8 million affected individuals each year. Among adults, about 5% of the population is estimated to be infected. Among sexually active adolescent females, about 10% are infected.

Infection with chlamydia is most commonly found among the following groups:

  • Young adults (24 years and younger)
  • People living in urban areas
  • African Americans
  • Those with lower social and economic status
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2014
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