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LONDON, Oct 01, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- British health officials say female teenagers are significantly more likely to test positive for chlamydia than are women in their 20s.
The U.K. Health Protection Agency says chlamydia, sometimes known as the silent infection because it can have no symptoms, is the most common sexually transmitted disease, with 89,818 cases reported in England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, the Daily Mirror reported Friday.
The agency says women aged 16 to 19 were 43 percent more likely to test positive for the infection than women in their early 20s, and between 1995 and 2003 chlamydia cases almost tripled.
The infection can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy in women and infertility in both men and women.
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