PA Department of Health Urges Regular Screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STD Rates Rise Nationally; Many People May Not Realize They’re Infected
The national increase underscores the importance of additional screening and prevention efforts because men and women infected with chlamydia, for example, may not show symptoms. Therefore, it can be spread easily to sexual partners through unprotected sex. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems including infertility in women.
Symptoms of gonorrhea can include a yellow discharge from the genitals and lymph node swelling in the groin area. Chlamydia can cause discharge as well and can lead to scarring of the female reproductive tract organs if untreated.
The Department of Health encourages men and women to talk with their healthcare provider about testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV and other STDs.
For information about where to get STD testing, visit www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman (717) 787-1783
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health