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What are the long-term health risks of chlamydia?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine
20 to 40% of untreated chlamydia infections will go on to cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID causes scarring and blockage of fallopian tubes, causing an estimated 100,000 women to become infertile each year in the United States. Approximately 12% of women are infertile after a single episode of PID, almost 25% after two episodes, and over 50% after three or more episodes. PID scarring can also cause ectopic or tubal pregnancy (pregnancy occurring outside the uterus), which is potentially life threatening.
PID can lead to chronic pelvic pain. Women with chlamydia infection are up to 5 times more likely to become infected with the HIV virus if exposed.
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