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How common is chlamydia?

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Chlamydia, which strikes over 4 million Americans a year, is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. Scientists believe it's twice as common as gonorrhea and 30 times as common as syphilis.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Chlamydia."

AMA: "Chlamydia Screening: A Routine Test."

CDC: "Chlamydia -- CDC Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Chlamydia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Chlamydia."

AMA: "Chlamydia Screening: A Routine Test."

CDC: "Chlamydia -- CDC Fact Sheet."

National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Chlamydia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 2, 2019

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