Are STI rates rising?
The short answer is yes! There were over 190 reported cases of STIs (sexually transmissible infections) in the Cook Islands in 2010. Three quarters of known cases occurred among people aged between 15 and 24 years.
Which STIs are more common?
Chlamydia rates have increased, mainly among young people. One out four Cook Islanders have Chlamydia. Because the infection usually doesn't cause symptoms and many people remain untested, the true number may be even higher.
In recent years, the number of HIV infections in the Pacific has been on the rise and heterosexual transmission has increased.
So what now?
The Ministry of Health has launched two mass programs to prevent further spread of STIs.
1. Chlamydia Treatment Campaign
2. HPV Vaccination Campaign
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