Warning over chlamydia

PUBLISHED: 17:01 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

ONE in 12 sexually active young people in Somerset has chlamydia, according to health bosses.

ONE in 12 sexually active young people in Somerset has chlamydia, according to health bosses.

NHS Somerset is inviting nearly 49,000 people aged between 16 and 24 to take tests for the spreading sexual disease.

The infection commonly has no symptoms, but left untreated it can lead to infertility, long-term pelvic pain and other serious health problems.

Dr Caroline Gamlin, director of public health for Somerset said: "The steady and rapid rise of chlamydia infection should be alarming for all young people and their parents.

"It frequently has no symptoms and is spread as a result of unprotected sex.

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