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$258,416 to tackle Chlamydia.



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Press Release

$258,416 TO TACKLE CHLAMYDIA

Friday, 4 August 2006

Federal Member for Barker, Mr Patrick Secker MP, has welcomed funding of $258,416 to the Riverland Regional Health Service Inc for a chlamydia prevention project.

Overall, the Commonwealth Government has committed $3.5 million to chlamydia prevention for projects that will target high-risk groups such as young people aged 16-25 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, homosexually active men and pregnant women.

The Riverland Regional Health Service Inc will use the grant to develop and implement a mobile testing clinic model for Chlamydia testing in the Riverland region. The grant has been funded under the Chlamydia Targeted Grants Program.

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmissible infection (STI) in Australia. The annual notification rate has increased more than threefold in the last decade, to about 41,000 notifications in 2005.

It is a serious infection which, if untreated, can lead to complications, including infertility. The disease often presents without symptoms.

This funding is part of the $12.5 million allocation which the Government announced in June 2005 to increase awareness of chlamydia, improve surveillance and develop a pilot-testing program as part of the first Nationally Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy, 2005-08.