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- Chlamydia Screen not Cost Effective, Ireland
- Youth Most at Risk with Chlamydia
- Women should be Screened Annually for Chlamydia
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 Koala Chlamydia: One Direction Boy Band Members Fear Infection Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

Having a koala urinate on you isn't pleasant -- especially if it puts you at risk of getting chlamydia discharge.

That's the fear recently faced by Liam Payne and Harry Styles, members of the popular boy band One Direction.

The band is currently touring Australia and New Zealand and, as part of their visit, Payne and Styles each cuddled with a 3-year-old koala named Kat.

But during the encounter, Kat answered nature's call and whizzed right on them, according to HeatWorld.com.

That was bad enough, but the two teen idols, both 18, worried they saw their lives flashing before their eyes when they learned that 80 percent of koalas reportedly have chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease whose effects include severe conjunctivitis (or "pink eye"), incontinence, prostatitis and kidney damage, according to AOL News.

In some koala cases, the chlamydia is so bad that the animals no longer have the energy to survive and suffer from urinary tract infections that are impairing the reproductive system.

To say that Payne and Styles were shocked to find out that being soaked with koala urine put them at risk is an understatement.

"I'm genuinely scared. This is worrying," Payne told the Sun. "I’d have never picked the thing up if I'd known."

Although transmission from koalas to humans is unlikely, a minority of the creatures have a strain of chlamydia that can be passed to other species, The Frisky reported.

Still, the situation is so dire that experts fear the koala may become extinct in a few decades if a vaccine isn't developed. But that presents problems as well, according to Peter Timms, a Queensland University of Technology professor working on the vaccine.

"We want to make sure the vaccine helps them," Timms told AOL News. "While you might treat the chlamydia, you might make their digestive tracts worse."

As for One Direction? They seem to be handling their fears of marsupial STDs nicely. Shortly after Payne publicly addressed the animal infection issue, he discussed his romantic prowess with a New Zealand TV station.

"Louis and I both have girlfriends, so we must be doing something right," he said, according to the Sun.

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 Chlamydia Screen not Cost Effective, Ireland Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

A Ireland national screening campaign for a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause infertility is not cost effective, academics found.

More than 6,000 men and women last year were diagnosed with Chlamydia Cure – a silent infection with no symptoms that can remain undetected, untreated, and lead to complications like ectopic pregnancies.

But Ireland’s small population and the strain already on the health service means a screening programme would not be cost effective, researchers said.

Dr Emer O’Connell, consultant in public health medicine, said screening for chlamydia is available in many countries.

"However, some countries such as Australia are reviewing the effectiveness of this measure," she said.

"In Ireland, due to our small population and the strain already on our health service, a screening programme for chlamydia would not be cost effective because it would be difficult to achieve the necessary coverage levels to reduce the level of infection."

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial STI in Ireland, with highest numbers reported in patients in their 20s.

The number of cases has soared from 1,000 in 1997, to 3,353 in 2005, 5,781 in 2009 and 6,008 by 2011 - accounting for more than half of all STIs reported.

As it remains undetected it can spread easily and causes pelvic inflammatory disease in up to 30 per cent of infected women who are not treated, leading to ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

The chlamydia screening pilot study in Ireland found stigma was often a barrier that stopped young people seeking or accepting an STI test.

However, 95 per cent of professionals and 75 per cent of students would take a test if offered.

Eight out of 10 could inform their current partner if they tested positive for chlamydia, but this rate fell to 55-60 per cent in the case of telling previous partners.

More than 6,000 people took part in the study, funded by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre and supported by the Health Research Board.

Dr Diarmuid O'Donovan, of NUI Galway, said the study shows how to protect the sexual health of young Irish people.

“Given these findings, a national sexual health plan should include primary prevention activities such as sex education, condom distribution and the provision of information on how to seek care for STIs,” he added.

"Therefore, we recommend the inclusion of primary care-delivered Chlamydia detection and case management services as part of a national action plan to promote sexual health."

The study was carried out by researchers from NUI Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Separately an expert group on sexual health said improving, promoting and protecting people’s sexual health will have major benefits for the overall health and wellbeing of the nation.

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) policy group called for a co-ordinated programme for information and education services for the general population, including young people.

It also wants standardised and quality assured training for healthcare providers, the continued provision of sexual assault treatment units, and a further development of accessible, flexible, coordinated clinical service for all areas of sexual health.

Professor Colm Bergin, co-chair of the RCPI group, said: "What we’re hoping to see is that our policy statements provide impetus for engagement with government and policy makers, so that we can all see Ireland benefit from a comprehensive national sexual health programme."

The group said it is critical parents and educators continue to receive appropriate support, and for targeted education programmes for groups known to be at-risk of poor sexual health.

"The public must have access to appropriate, accessible information to promote good sexual health," it added.

The reports were launched as part of sexual health awareness week, which ruins until Thursday.

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 Youth Most at Risk with Chlamydia Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

Chlamydia Treatment officer Yvonne Black is keen to see more young people taking advantage of the services at Family Planning Queensland (FPQ).

Ms Black already goes out to visit school students and other interested groups, offering them sexuality and relationship training.
FPQ in Ipswich wants to promote a culture of safer sex.
"We want sexual activity to be something people choose, not something that just happens to them," Ms Black said.
"Young people can come in and get condoms for free.
"Men and women should be screened after unprotected sex or a change in partners.
"We offer our services at low cost or free."
FPQ has been in Ipswich since 1975.
An FPQ spokeswoman said the organisation was disappointed by the "last minute news" of funding cuts announced by Queensland Health last Friday.
"It is too early to say how these funding cuts will impact services but, with the continued support of the Ipswich community, we will endeavour to carry forward the important work we do."

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 Women should be Screened Annually for Chlamydia Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

chlamydia transmission is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. and yet only 38% of women aged 15 to 25 were screened in 2010, Reuters reported.


It can cause pain, infertility and problematic pregnancy, but few young women ever get tested for the disease.


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1.3 million new cases in 2010. Still, since the STD often betrays no symptoms, the number could be twice as high, the organization said.


The disease is easily treated with antibiotics but can wreak havoc in women who don't know they're infected.


Without treatment, the Chlamydia infection can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease.


The uterus and surrounding tissues can also become affected resulting in chronic pain, infertility and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies.


The CDC has recommended that women be screened annually for chlamydia.


If an infection is found, the health organization recommends the patient return three months after being treated for a follow-up test.




Testing rates were slightly better for older women and specific minority group - 42% of women aged 20 to 25 were tested. More than half of black women say they were been tested with 47% saying they had been screened in the prior year.


Men can contract chlamydia too - one in four show no symptoms while the others may experience symptoms similar to gonorrhea, including burning feeling while urinating, discharge and pain.


Condoms, if used properly, can help prevent infection between partners.

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 Breakthrough in Chlamydia Research Alerter l'administrateur Recommander à un ami Lien de l'article 

UK researchers have accessed the genome of chlamydia transmission and they believe that it could pave way for the development of a vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease.

For decades experts have been prevented from fully understanding the bacteria, which if undetected can make sufferers infertile.

The infection is part of a silent epidemic as most cases do not show symptoms and are left untreated.

It can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to scarring of the fallopian tubes, causing infertility and higher risk of ectopic pregnancy.

"This is a very significant advance in the study of chlamydia and we are proud to be the first people to achieve this," the Daily Mail quoted Professor Ian Clarke, from the University of Southampton, as saying.

"Previously people have been unable to study chlamydial genetics and this has created a barrier to the comprehensive study of this disease.

"We, together with our colleagues in Israel, discovered that by treating the chlamydia with calcium ions we were able to introduce a piece of foreign DNA.

"This will open up the field of chlamydia research and will enable a better understanding of chlamydial genetics. It could lead to the development of new approaches to chlamydial vaccines and therapeutic interventions," he added.

To prove that they had accessed the chlamydial genome, the research team inserted the gene for a fluorescent protein into C. trachomatis which identified the chlamydial-infected cells by making them glow green.

The study has been published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens.

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