Sexual diseases on the rise
BREAKING: Sexual diseases are on the rise in the Northern Rivers.
New figures released this week show chlamydia rates on the North Coast were 40% higher than the state average.
The Northern NSW Local Health Network is highlighting the impact of sexually transmitted infections on young people during National Youth Week that began on Friday.
Manager of the HIV and Related Programs team Jenny Heslop said the rising rate of certain STI’s amongst young people was concerning.
“About 75% of reported cases are aged between 15 and 24 years,” Ms Heslop said.
“The good news is that testing for chlamydia is an easy and quick process that requires only a urine test."
Ms Heslop said people could visit a sexual health clinic or their GP.
“Sexual health clinics offer free and confidential information, counselling and testing in a range of locations across the North Coast,” she said.
If you think you may be at risk, consult a GP or your local sexual health clinic.
Alternatively, call the NSW Sexual Health Info line on 1800 451 624.