Schoolies brings sex warning

FRASER Coast students have been encouraged to practise safe sex during Schoolies Week as chlamydia is on the rise in both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas.

Senior director of Queensland Health’s Communicable Diseases Branch, Dr Christine Selvey, said chlamydia was most common among 15 to 24-year-olds.

“Queensland is experiencing the highest number of notified chlamydia cases being reported in Australia with 15,159 new cases already diagnosed in 2010 to the end of October.”

Scott Patterson, acting director of community health services for the Wide Bay Health Service, said students from the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast areas often headed to the Sunshine Coast for Schoolies Week.

“The fact that a high number of chlamydia cases have been reported on the Sunshine Coast makes it very relevant for students in our region,” Mr Patterson said.



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