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Jul18

Chlamydia tests at Splendour in the Grass

Among the 30,000 revellers at Splendour in the Grass music festival this weekend, about 1000 of them will have the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia – they just don’t know it.
NSW Health authorities are hoping to test 3000 music lovers over the three-day festival and they predict about 100 will learn for the first time they are infected.

“They might not show the symptoms, so people think ‘I’m okay’, but without testing you don’t know and later it may cause serious problems like infertility or pregnancy complications in women,” NSW Health’s Chris Bourne said.

“Music festivals present an opportunity to reach our target audience, raise awareness of STIs and reduce the stigma around testing.”

There were an estimated 258,000 new chlamydia infections, including re-infections, in the 15-29 age group by the end of 2016 nationally. Of those, a shocking 72 per cent were undiagnosed and therefore untreated.

NSW Health has set up a Down To Test VIP tent near the campsite and are hoping to lure people in with a phone charging station, glitter bar, chill out lounge and more importantly, “squeaky clean” toilets.

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