Sexual and Reproductive Health Week encourages you to stop the spread of chlamydia
NEWMARKET - Spread the word and not the infection. The Regional Municipality of York, the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health and other organizations across Canada are marking Sexual and Reproductive Health week with a reminder sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not have to go viral.
This year’s theme, “Not Everything Has to Go Viral,” highlights STI prevention and treatment.
In Canada, some of the highest rates of STIs are in youth, ages 15 to 24. Early detection and treatment is important and can prevent serious short and long-term negative health effects.
Chlamydia is Canada’s most common STI. It is caused by a bacteria which can affect men and women of all ages. Although the majority of people infected by the bacteria show no symptoms, the most common signs of infection are unusual or abnormal discharge and a burning sensation when urinating.
For suspected cases of chlamydia, a urine or swab test is done; confirmed cases are treated with antibiotics. Anyone treated for chlamydia should let their sexual partners know so they can also seek treatment and stop the spread. If left untreated, chlamydia can have serious consequences, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
In 2011, 1,828 cases of chlamydia were reported to York Region Community and Health Services.
One of the most effective ways to prevent chlamydia and other STIs is to practice safer sex, with the correct and consistent use of condoms.
York Region’s six sexual health clinics, located across the Region, offer a wide range of sexual health services in a confidential and non-judgemental setting. Services include sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, birth control counselling, low-cost birth control options and the emergency contraceptive pill. The clinics can provide anonymous HIV and Point of Care finger prick testing where clients can obtain their results within minutes of being tested. Services at our clinics are available at no cost to York Region residents of all ages and sexual orientation. A health card is not required.
For more information on Sexual and Reproductive Health Week beginning February 12 and the “Not Everything Has to Go Viral” campaign, visit www.cfsh.ca
For more information on STIs, testing and to make an appointment at one of the York Region Sexual Health Clinics, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/sexualhealth
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