Chlamydia Epidemic in New Brunswick

Feb 17, 2011 | healthmap | Outbreak News

New Brunswick has issued a warning over the growing number of cases of chlamydia, particularly among youths.  “If you are under 30 and you are breathing you need a chlamydia test," stated the deputy chief medical officer.  Although over 1,800 New Brunswick youths have been diagnosed, a focus group has revealed that most youths in New Brunswick are unaware of the risks infection poses.  Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to infertility in both women and men if untreated (although sterility is a very rare complication in men).  Having chlamydia also increases the likelihood of becoming infected with HIV if exposed to it.

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