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    Thursday, April 16, 2009
    STD Screening

    Via Yahoo!, I bring you a report on chlamydia screening which indicates that many women are still not getting tested for it. Would you like to hear a disturbing fact? Some insurance plans won't pay to test women for this disease. (I'm looking at YOU, Blue Cross PPO.) Unlike gonorrhea, which is not subtle, chlamydia is often clinically silent. It can scar up the fallopian tubes and induce infertility, and the infected person can transmit the disease to their partners without knowing that they are infected.

    My advice: even if you have to pay for it, get tested. If you can't afford the test, find a free clinic and get it done there. And, of course, avoid infection by limiting your number of sexual partners and using condoms.




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