Lack of condom use 'leads to chlamydia rise' in Guelph

A spike in cases of chlamydia in Guelph, Canada, has been blamed on the fact not enough people are using condoms when having sex.

According to the Guelph Mercury, there has been an increase in the number of recorded cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) - 520 last year - located around the University of Guelph area.

Rosalyn LaRochelle, clinical services program manager at the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, said chlamydia is now the most common STI for females aged between 20 and 24.

"It's significantly higher than the [other] STIs we have in our area. They actually were clustered in the university area. The message is: 'Wear a condom. You can't go wrong'," she added.

Ms LaRochelle said research had found that 91 per cent of those who have the disease had not used a condom.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health states it aim is to ensure everyone it serves is as healthy as possible.