A Little Health Note for Friday Night
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A Little Health Note for Friday Night

2006_10_20condom.jpgWe know those nights are getting longer and colder and it’s only natural that some of us will go out on Friday night looking for that special someone right now to warm up those frigid fall nights but we thought we’d point out these little health notes from the people at Toronto Public Health.
Firstly, the Syphillis testing blitz is underway at all Toronto bathhouses. Apparently rates of syphillis have increased in all Canadian cities in the last few years especially among men who have sex with men.
“Yeah,” you say, “I’m not a man who has sex with men in bathhouses.” Well, don’t think you’re safe from all of those bugs out there buddy. It seems like Chlamydia (better known as The Clap and not to be confused with one hit wonders The Knack) is also on the rise. TPH is starting a new info campaign to tell people about the nasty bug.
“Chlamydia often has no symptoms at all, which is why 80 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men who have Chlamydia do not know they are infected,” explained Dr. Rita Shahin, an Associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health.
Last year there were over 6,000 cases of Chlamydia reported in Toronto. Both bugs also increase your chances of getting HIV and can lead to nasty complications. So if you get lucky tonight, please don’t get stupid; use protection.