This New Infographic Shows Exactly Why You Need To Get Tested
Testing and treating is the easy part, but leaving it undiagnosed can cause serious complications.
A new interactive infographic from the CDC shows the dangers of undiagnosed and untreated chlamydia infections.
Chlamydia is a super common STI that can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Chlamydia is easy to test for and treat — but if left undiagnosed, it can lead to infertility and other serious complications.
Untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissue, according to the CDC. This can cause chronic pelvic pain and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies (nonviable pregnancies that occur outside the uterus). Pregnant women with chlamydia infections are at risk of pre-term delivery and pneumonia in the newborn. Plus, untreated chlamydia may increase your risk of HIV.