The number of reported cases of chlamydia saw a 25 percent rise last year. The increase is more pronounced than during previous years, but this is possibly due to the fact that more people are having themselves tested. For gonorrhoea, the rise is 10 percent, which is comparable to previous years.
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea mostly hit youngsters, explains Ruth Verbrugghe of the Federal Health Department. "Chlamydia is most widespread among young women between 15 and 30. It also affects men, but still we see that the number of female patients is twice the number of male patients. Gonorrhoea mostly hits men between 15 and 35 years of age, with 3 male patients for each female patient."
Those carrying chlamydia often don't have any complaints, but it can cause fertility problems among women.