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October 19, 2006
Chlamydia cases increasing -- education campaign launched
  
Toronto Public Health is launching a new campaign encouraging doctors to test patients who might be at risk for Chlamydia. Chlamydia cases have been increasing in Toronto over the past several years, with 6,641 cases reported in the city last year.

“Chlamydia is easy to test for, treat and cure. This campaign is aimed at getting doctors and patients to talk about sexually transmitted infections and to encourage testing when needed,” said Dr. Rita Shahin, an Associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health.

“Chlamydia often has no symptoms at all, which is why 80 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men who have Chlamydia do not know they are infected.”

Chlamydia can be spread to others through unprotected sex. Toronto Public Health’s “Check Up on Chlamydia” campaign material will be mailed to over 3,200 family doctors and specialists to help prevent the spread of this infection.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Toronto. The highest rates of infection are among young women aged 15 to 24. Chlamydia also puts people at increased risk of acquiring other infections, including HIV, which makes early testing even more important. If left untreated, Chlamydia can have long term and costly health implications in both men and women, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women.

For more information, visit http://www.gettested.ca.

Media contact:
Rishma Govani, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974


 

 

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