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The Institute of Women's Health of North America to Offer Free Chlamydia Testing at All Affiliated Campuses – Dr. Abdul Rao
Date:12/10/2009

Given the rising number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the Institute of Women’s Health of North America will be offering free testing for Chlamydia at all six affiliated campuses in the State of Florida. This was announced by Abdul Rao, MD, MA, DPhil., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Research Officer of the Institute in a meeting with health care providers in Polk county yesterday.

(Vocus) December 10, 2009 -- Given the rising number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the Institute of Women’s Health of North America will be offering free testing for Chlamydia at all six affiliated campuses in the State of Florida. This was announced by Abdul Rao, MD, MA, DPhil., Chief Executive Officer and Chief Research Officer of the Institute in a meeting with health care providers in Polk county yesterday.

Chlamydia, which is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. In 2006, over a million cases of Chlamydia infection were reported in the U.S.; a number, generally believed to be grossly underestimated since most individuals infected with Chlamydia are not aware of their infection nor do they seek testing and treatment. Based on the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an estimated 2,291,000 non-institutionalized individuals between the ages of 14-39 years are infected with Chlamydia in this country.

Chlamydia infection is found in both men and women and can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also be transmitted by an infected mother to a newborn during vaginal delivery. Due to relative immaturity of the cervix, sexually-active teenage girls and young women are most susceptible to this infection. Unlike prevailing dogma, men having sex with men are also at increased risk for Chlamydia infection due to the fact that it can be transmitted by anal
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