Having a sex partner who is not treated, so
Having a new sex partner, or more than one sex
partner, who spreads an infection.
Receiving medical treatment that does not cure the infection.
Typically, this happens when the wrong medicine is prescribed or not all of
the medicine is taken.
Some women who have been infected with
chlamydia develop a "hypersensitive response" when
they are exposed to the bacteria again. A second infection can cause more
irritation and damage to the pelvic organs that is worse than the first
If you or your sex partner has unprotected sex with anyone else, you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease, or STD. Ask your doctor to test you for STDs during your annual physical even if you have no symptoms. If you test positive, your sexual partners will need treatment. It may be embarrassing, but you must tell them they have been exposed. It can be a matter of life and death.
STDs may be detected during a physical exam; through Pap smears; and in tests of blood, urine, and genital...