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Chlamydia rates are highest among youth

(NC) More than half of all reported cases of chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection in Canada, are diagnosed in youth aged 15 to 24. The reported rate of chlamydia is almost twice as high in women as men.

Of particular concern is that both young women and men seem unaware of the long-term health consequences of sexually transmitted infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, HIV and certain cancers Symptoms of chlamydia can be short-lived or non-existent, meaning people may not know they are infected. And while many youth take steps to prevent unplanned pregnancies, they may be forgetting to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.

Unless those who are sexually active take precautions and seek testing, they will remain at risk. If you are having unprotected sex, you can reduce your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection by using condoms, or refraining from sex altogether and getting tested.

Be proactive about your sexual health and talk to your doctor or visit your local sexual health clinic. Make sure you ask to be tested specifically for sexually transmitted infections as they aren't tested for in routine blood and urine tests.

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