Fewer Catch Clamydia
Hopes for a reversal of Sweden's rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were raised on Saturday as figures show a startling fall in chlamydia.
Since 1997 cases of this disease, which is the most commonly reported STD, have risen in Sweden, especially among those aged between 15 to 24.
Now figures from the Swedish institute for Infectious Diseases (smittskyddsinstitutet) show that the 18,767 new cases of chlamydia that were reported in the first half of 2009 amount to a drop of 2,600 compared to last year.
So far there are no conclusions drawn from this report, but the institute hopes that this is a sign of changes in behaviour.
An associated development is the fact that more and more local authorities offer chlamydia tests over the internet, thought co-operation with klamydia.se. The number of tests has risen over the last year from 30,000 to over 46,000.