|Free sex advice may have helped minimise infection|
Many young Aucklanders face having to pay for previously free sexual health consultations because of the Government's squeeze on health dollars.I note that testing for Chlamydia occurs in a ratio of about 5 females to 1 male, so the problem is probably larger if more males were tested. Equally though, Chlamydia tends to affect women to a higher degree.
This is expected to contribute to an increase in New Zealand's already internationally high rates of teenage pregnancy and some sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia.
Last year, 15 DHBs reported 25,000 positive tests for the disease, according to a report for the Health Ministry
Still, after the caning Colin Craig got for his improper suggestions, I'm a little surprised more people haven't leapt on the phrase above: "New Zealand's already internationally high rates of teenage pregnancy and some sexually transmitted infections". Outrageous!
The lies the media are allowed to get away with!
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