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are infection rates for chlamydia similar for men and women?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
More women diagnosed: Women 24 and younger, as well as women with risk factors for a sexually transmitted infection (such as new/multiple sexual partners, unprotected sex) should be routinely screened for chlamydia infection. There is no screening recommendation for men. Because of this routine screening of women, more women are diagnosed with chlamydia infection than men. This may not reflect the true incidence rates.
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Unknown: Many statistics show a higher rate of chlamydia in women than men, however, that may be due to women being more likely to be tested and a higher rate of reinfection in women from untreated partners. Chlamydia is known as the silent epidemic, as many do not have symptoms until there are complications.

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Why do pregnant women get urinary tract infections?

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My oldest got constant ear infections as a baby; does that mean my newborn will as well?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
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No: Not necessarily! you may be able to take some precautions to reduce your baby's risk of getting ear infections. Breastfeeding helps to decrease the risk by helping your baby's immune system fight off upper respiratory infections. Also, try to limit your baby from feeding while completely flat-try to keep him upright. Also, avoid smoke exposure. Lastly, limiting exposure to colds decreases the risk.
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For throat infections, how many days should I take 250 mg of amoxil (amoxicillin)?

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Depdns: For most throat infections, which are usually caused by viruses, you shouldn't take antibiotics at all. But if you've been diagnosed with strep throat, you should take Amoxil (amoxicillin) for the amount of time it was prescribed.

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