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Chlamydia Screening Increases, But Still Below National Average

More young women in Oregon are being screened for chlamydia, according to a new study by the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. But the rate remains below the national average.

Chlamydia is a problem in Oregon. In 2009, a study by the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation found that just 29 percent of young women were being screened for it.

This new report shows the rate has jumped significantly to 45 percent. But Mylia Christensen with the Quality Corporation says it's still below the national average of 49 percent.

"This is actually one of the most prevalent reportable diseases in Oregon," said Christensen. "Often times it comes with no symptoms. And it can often result in permanent harm and damage to young women, including infertility. "

Christensen's organization is collecting data on chlamydia and many other local diseases and treatments, with the aim of improving the quality and affordability of Oregon health care.

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