Chlamydia Rates Highest Among Twenty-Something Women

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Did you know that seven out of ten people who contract chlamydia experience no symptoms? This is certainly troubling since chlamydia rates are highest among twenty-something women. 

A quick look at this silent sexually transmitted disease (STD):

  • It is one of the most common STDs
  • It may have no symptoms
  • Treatment for this STD is simple (antibiotics)
  • It can spread easily
  • Using condoms are a good source of protection

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. And it is the most common STD in the United States. Three million are infected each year. And women under the age of 25 are at higher risk. 

Chlamydia Statistics Women Can’t Afford to Ignore

The testing and treatment of chlamydia has increased over the past decades. However, this STD poses many problems for twenty-something women who are sexually active. 

Here are a few key chlamydia statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


  • In 2015, the rate of infection increased by 5.9 percent
  • Infection in women increased 4.3 percent since 2013
  • Rates are highest among women between the ages of 15 and 24
  • You are three times more likely to get it than gonorrhea
  • It is 50 times as prevent as syphilis
  • It affects the vagina, cervix, urethra, penis, anus, eyes, and throat 

Chlamydia Rates Highest Among Twenty-Something WomenDo You Know Chlamydia Signs and Symptoms?

Chlamydia can simply have no signs and symptoms at all. Or you may experience a few signs and symptoms, but these can be mistaken for other women issues.

Women are known to have no signs and symptoms of this STD. In fact, 70 to 90 percent of women have no signs or symptoms, according to Planned Parenthood. 90 percent of men have no signs and symptoms too. 

Women should look for these chlamydia signs and symptoms:

  • Odd vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal pain
  • Slight fever
  • Painful sex
  • Vaginal bleeding not during period
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Yellow discharge with odd smell
  • Bleeding after sex 

Chlamydia Rates Highest Among Twenty-Something WomenSpreading Chlamydia is Easy for Women

Spreading this common STD is actually quite easy. This make having protected sex an absolute must. If you get chlamydia, you may not experience any signs and symptoms up to 10 days after infection. If you even experience any symptoms.

It is spread via vaginal or anal sex, and rarely spread during oral, but can happen. One important thing women should know, is that you can spread this STD to your fetus if pregnant. 

Women: Preventing Chlamydia is Just as Easy

Preventing chlamydia is just as easy as spreading it. If you are sexually active, practicing safe sex is certainly the way to go.

It not only prevents you from getting this particular STD, but also protects you against other STDs, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV, and HIV.

Using condoms during vaginal and anal sex is best prevention practice. And using condoms during oral can also be wise, in order to prevent chlamydia too.

Talk to a doctor online about chlamydia and other STDs today. You should be as healthy and happy as you can be, especially if you’re a twenty-something woman.


Online platforms like this one, offer expert medical advice, from dedicated specialists who can answer all your STD questions. It may even keep you safe from medical error and misdiagnosis.

Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker:

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

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