May, 18, 2011
Media Release

Chlamydia: Easy to test, easy to treat

York Region Chlamydia rates on the rise. Protect yourself. Get tested today!
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York Community and Health Services Department encourages residents to get tested for Chlamydia.  Chlamydia is sexually transmitted and rates of infection among 15 to 24 year olds continue to increase in York Region.
 
Known as the silent infection, up to 70 per cent of people with Chlamydia have no symptoms.  If left untreated, a Chlamydia infection can lead to serious health and reproductive consequences in both males and females.
 
York Region Community and Health Services now offers a more convenient option for Chlamydia testing at all Sexual Health Clinics.  The testing process is quick and simple.  Clients can drop-in to any York Region Sexual Health Clinic during clinic hours, complete a short questionnaire and provide a urine sample for testing.  If a client tests positive for Chlamydia, the infection can be easily treated with antibiotic pills.  The infection will not go away without antibiotics, even if symptoms go away.
 
To promote testing and treatment of Chlamydia, campaign posters are being displayed in secondary schools, walk-in clinics, libraries, community agencies and family physician offices throughout York Region.  Bus shelter advertisements have been running throughout the month of May across the Region.
 
York Region Sexual Health Clinics offer a wide range of confidential and non-judgemental services to promote sexual health.  Services include sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, anonymous HIV and Point of Care testing, birth control counselling, low cost birth control options and the emergency contraceptive pill, education and counselling on various sexual health issues and referral to other appropriate community resources. 
 
Services are available at no direct cost to York Region residents of all ages, background, lifestyle and sexual orientation.  A health card is not required.
 
For more information on Chlamydia or for York Region Sexual Health Clinic locations and hours, visit
www.york.ca/STI
 
 For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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