Don’t gift your loved ones with infection this Valentine’s Day

January 28th, 2009 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 28 (IANS) A trust involved in HIV and sexual health charity has advised university students to use condoms this Valentine’s Day to stem the recent increase in chlamydia.Part of the reason chlamydia is so widespread is that most people with the infection have no symptoms, and it only takes one sexual encounter to pass it on.

If left untreated chlamydia can lead to serious health problems, including infertility.

In 2007, those in the 16-24 age bracket accounted for nearly half of all sexually transmitted disease (STD) in Britain. Approximately one in 10 under 25 years currently have chlamydia without being aware of having it.

As Leeds is a city with a high student population, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) are able to run a walk-in Fast Test service for those under 25 years.

Funded by the National Health Service, the free service involves taking a urine sample which is then posted off to the lab; results are available within a week, said a THT release.

For those who test positive, THT will provide antibiotics to treat the infection. HIV tests can also be taken using a finger-prick blood test, and the results provided within 15 minutes.

THT is Britain’s leading HIV and sexual health charity with centres across England, Scotland and Wales.

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