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Chlamydia: Not Available at Your Local Florist

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness at 9:34 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
FloristFor many men, purchasing a bouquet of flowers can be a complex and bewildering event. How many should you buy? How should they be wrapped? Should they all be the same kind or should you opt for an assortment? If you go for the latter, which stems make the cut? There are, after all, a plethora of varieties – roses, daisies, lilies, orchids, sunflowers, irises, Chlamydia . . .

Wait. Chlamydia? That’s not a flower. But according to one in 10 men in the United Kingdom, it is which means that far too many guys are ignorant to an all too common disease.

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States.  And its prevalence is likely much higher than known, since many are unaware that they are infected. For, while it can cause abnormal vaginal/penal discharge and a burning sensation when urinating, most cases do not elicit symptoms. The disease remains unchecked and untreated in the body, spreading from partner to partner. Women are the most severely affected, often developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy. However, men are at risk as well. They too can be rendered infertile, and they pass it to their partner just as a woman does. So why are so many guys uninformed?

Because, until recently, most of the publicity has been geared towards women. But that’s changing, in the UK at least.  The country has launched a nation-wide initiative to encourage male testing. Colleges, youth clubs and prisons now offer and promote screening. In the United States, the case isn’t exactly the same. So, you have to take it upon yourself to become informed and inform those around you. Just because a disease is more dangerous to women doesn’t mean it’s not a man’s job to help prevent it.

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