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Chlamydia hits the cuddly koala

January 24th, 2013 by Jenni

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Occurrences of the sexually transmitted disease are on the rise in cities all over the world. Recently, though, researchers are finding chlamydia is causing big problems Down Under.

Health headlines around the globe are reporting that STDs are on the rise—and chlamydia is leading the pack. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the good old U.S. of A. is host to about 2.8 million cases of the bug each year—with only half of those reported.

One unlikely group in another country is affected by the disease: koala bears. Last week, the Sydney Morning Herald talked to Australian scientists that have found two different, nasty strains of chlamydia are spreading in previously healthy populations of the cute, cuddly critters, with effects ranging from sterility to blindness.

While the chlamydia that the koalas are carrying is different from the chlamydia humans carry, the lesson learned is the same—it’s a nasty bug with potentially devastating effects. Because not everyone exhibits chlamydia symptoms, it’s crucial to get tested, to ensure you and your partners stay healthy. There are tons of places to turn to ensure you’re in the clear:
SexualHealth.com offers a comprehensive test that screens for eight of the most common STIs: chlamydia, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes 1, herpes 2, HIV-1, gonorrhea, and syphyllis.
Planned Parenthood is a great place to turn if you’re looking for affordable testing resources, or if you have questions about STI testing
• YouTube isn’t just for videos of kittens and guys falling on skateboards—groups like the CDC have informative clips that can answer some questions and quell some fears.

So go get tested, mate.

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