Although the occurrence of chlamydial infection is related more to sexual practices than to age, many women with chlamydial infection are young, under 24 years of age, and single. Indigent women with no prenatal care are a high-risk group. The rate of infection is also highest in African American women, and it is highest in the southern states. With more teens engaging in sexual activity, more adolescents of both genders are contracting infections. Depending on the population, 5% to 35% of pregnant women are infected with C. trachomatis.
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