The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 2014 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Safe sex call as tests show disease on rise IT APPEARS that Territorians are getting it on without putting a condom on evidenced by the huge increase in STIs reported in the Department of Healths Annual Report. The number of people with chlamydia is up 10 per cent jumping from 2766 to 3046. Syphilis numbers also show an increase from 14 to 22 people who have had the disease for two years or less. According to the report an outbreak in a number of remote Aboriginal communities and another one in men who have sex with men in Darwin accounts for the increase in syphilis. Cases of trichomoniasis are also up 19 per cent (2596 to 3092). Trichomoniasis vaginalis is a parasite that can pass from an infected person to an uninfected person during sex. Centre for Disease Control acting director Dr Peter Markey said the increases reflected better screening rather than fewer people using condoms. Both chlamydia and trichomoniasis have been increasing and thats most likely due to the increase in testing rates, we have been encouraging doctors and clinics to do more testing for many years he said. Dr Markey said that despite the increase in syphilis in the latest statistics overall numbers had been decreasing. Our syphilis numbers have been declining for a long time from high levels there was a couple of outbreaks in Darwin ... and in remote communities ... the response was to promote testing and safe sex. Its important to maintain vigilance around that area, he said. Every year the demand for free sexual health testing at Clinic 34 on Mitchell St in Darwin keeps going up. Its the same story for the other free and confidential Clinic 34s in Katherine, Alice Springs, Tenant Creek and Nhulunbuy. Dr Markey said their advice to the sexually active was simple: wear a condom and if you did have unprotected sex to get tested immediately. By JILL POULSEN Sunbathing saltie star of Sarahs stunning snap AN amateur photographer found her best talent yet when she found herself close to this 5m saltie baking on the banks of the croc-infested Corroboree Billabong. Sarah Scott of Sarah Terese Photography in Darwin was on a sunset cruise of the wetlands when she spied the female croc. That one was just sitting there pretty happy for a few minutes before we got too close to it and she decided to go away, the 21-year-old said. I think theyre fascinating animals Im really proud of this one (photo). Corroboree Billabong is a 90-minute drive from Darwin on the way to Kakadu National Park and is part of the Mary River Wetlands. It is teeming with birdlife and also boasts one of the largest concentrations of saltwater crocodiles in the world. In June this year a man was taken by a 4.7m crocodile in Kakadu while on a fishing trip at a remote waterhole on the South Alligator River system. The victim was in a boat and washing or emptying a bucket at the time of the attack. Careflight aids victim of shock A CONTRACTOR suffered a heart attack following an electric shock as he worked on the roof at a Territory health clinic. The Careflight TIO rapid response crew and helicopter responded to an emergency call just after 10am yesterday from the Nguiu community on Bathurst Island. Careflight spokeswoman Rania Wannous said a 27year-old man experienced a cardiac arrest as a result of an electric shock while working on the roof of the clinic. The man was treated on the scene by doctors and nurses while the helicopter was dispatched from Darwin. The Careflight doctor and nurse initiated pre-hospital treatment of the man before he was transported to Royal Darwin Hospital where reports listed him as being in a stable condition. However, an RDH spokeswoman said the mans condition had not yet been determined because he was still being assessed. Driver loses control in one-car crash POLICE and ambulance crews were called to a single-car accident late on Sunday afternoon. The driver lost control in the wet turning on to Bagot Rd from Fitzer Drive. Police said the car was more powerful than what the driver was used to and the driver lost control when accelerating on to Bagot Rd. Ambulance crews were called by passing motorists, but neither the driver nor the passenger required treatment. The vehicle and a light pole sustained minor damage. No charges were laid. No leads in hunt for missing woman THE whereabouts of missing Territory woman Joanne Anderson remains unknown. Northern Territory Police duty superintendent Louise Jorgensen said police did not have any new information regarding Ms Andersons location. Ms Anderson, 37, was last seen at a family gathering south of the Mataranka town ship, on Friday, October 31. Police urge anyone with in formation about Ms Anderson to contact police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Dr Geoff Stewart and sexual health nurse Karen Kirkham at Clinic 34, a free and confidential sexual health service on Mitchell St.
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