Young people unfazed by chlamydia rates, official says
Chlamydia is most common sexually transmitted infection in New Brunswick
Health organizations in New Brunswick are concerned about the increasing levels of chlamydia infections in the province.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in New Brunswick. It is estimated that at least one in 10 women and one in 20 men aged 20 to 24 have had the sexually transmitted infection.
Dr. Yves Leger, the regional medical officer of health in Moncton, said the chlamydia rates far surpass other sexually transmitted infections that are tracked by the provincial government.
"It is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection that we see in New Brunswick. It blows everything else out of the water," he said.
"So it's of great concern to us as well especially because it can be easily diagnosed it can be easily treated and it can also be easily prevented if people practise safer sex."
While the infection can be prevented, Leger said research shows that young people aren't taking the threat of chlamydia seriously.
"The surveys that we found indicate that preventing pregnancy is the concern and once that's addressed then they're really not concerned about anything else, including sexually transmitted infections," he said.
Leger said he wants to remind young people that testing and treatment is easily available.
He said it can cause serious health issues including pelvic infections, and if left untreated, fertility issues.
Chlamydia can be treated with an antibiotic.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week is being observed this week and many organizations are using the week to take the opportuntity to remind young people to stay safe.