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High rates of chlamydia in country Australia

More men who live in rural and regional Australia contract chlamydia than previously thought and most cases of infection have no symptoms.

Researchers found 5.2% of rural men had chlamydia, while previous studies of men from urban areas found the prevalence to be 3.7%. The prevalence of chlamydia in women was 4.4%.

Among men, the chlamydia rate was highest in 20- to 24-year-olds (6.6%) and in women it was highest in 16- to 19-year-olds (8%). Of those diagnosed with chlamydia, 73% had no symptoms of infection.

The participants in the study were 16- to 29-year-olds who visited rural and regional doctors’ clinics. The researchers recommend doctors encourage all young patients to be tested for chlamydia.

Read more at The University of Melbourne

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