Did you know that you could have a Sexually Transmitted Infection and not know it?
Chlamydia, an invisible Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) has no obvious symptoms. The infection, which is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact with an infected partner, is on the rise in Boston and across the country. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility among women. It can also increase a person’s risk of contracting other STIs, such as HIV and gonorrhea.
In 2012, Chlamydia was the most commonly reported communicable disease in Boston, with 4,823 reported cases. 64% of these cases occurred in youth ages 15-24.
The BPHC hopes the new awareness campaign will underscore the ease of preventing, testing for, and treating Chlamydia. We want all Boston youth and young adults who are sexually active to use protection and get tested because it could be hiding in you.
Click on an image below to see the complete collection of that image. Posters will be posted on the MBTA and in some Boston Public Schools
Chlamydia is a common STI, but the infection is easily treatable if you are tested. Click here
to learn more about chlamydia, why you should be tested, and how to prevent contracting the infection.
FREE and CONFIDENTIAL chlamydia testing is available throughout Boston for youth and young adults. The Commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau worked with community partners to compile a list of free and confidential testing sites to help you find care in your neighborhood. If you don’t have insurance or don’t want to use your insurance, you can still get tested. Click here
to learn more.