16 Jan 2008

Pilot programme in Cook Islands makes it easier to identify STD carriers

10:27 am on 16 January 2008

The newly appointed Director of Public Health in the Cook Islands has given the thumbs up for a pilot programme to test for sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia and gonnorhea.

The 12-month programme is being run by the Cook Islands health ministry with support from the Pacific Community and Asian Development Bank.

Dr Aumea Herman says the testing which can be done using a urine sample will be offered to men and women between the ages of 15 and 30.

She says while it's been hard to treat the problems in the past the programme will make it easier.

"The thing around this now is being able to determine that these infections are being carried by certain individuals , and yet we can easily treat them if we know that they have the infection."

Dr Aumea Herman.