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News Release

Youth and young adults encouraged to get tested for chlamydia

WHITBY, ON June 2, 2014 - During the month of June, Durham Region Health Department is promoting awareness of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection, and encourages both youth and young adults to get tested. Chlamydia is spread through oral, anal or vaginal sex.

“Up to 70 per cent of females and 50 per cent of males who are infected with chlamydia may show no symptoms and may be unaware that they are infected,” said Lindsay LaBarre, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Therefore, it’s important for people to get tested to help stop the spread of infection.”

Symptoms in females can include: burning while urinating, vaginal discharge and pain during intercourse. Males may experience discharge from the penis, burning sensation while urinating, itching of the penis and pain in the testicles.

In 2012, there were over 1,700 reported cases of chlamydia among Durham residents, with the highest proportion of cases found in 15 to 24-year olds. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease which could lead to infertility.

All youth and young adults are encouraged to get tested. “Testing for chlamydia is simple and non-invasive. A small sample of urine is collected and sent to the lab to determine whether the infection is present,” added Ms. LaBarre.

Testing is offered free of charge at all three Health Department sexual health clinics. Clinics are located at the Pickering Town Centre, Oshawa Centre and in Port Perry at 181 Perry Street, 2nd floor. Residents can also visit their healthcare provider or a walk-in clinic for testing.

Information on chlamydia and testing can be found at www.findoutthewholestory.ca. For sexual health services, residents can also call Durham Health Connection Line at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241.

 

Media inquiries:
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF DURHAM
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999