(Image: PA)Get the biggest daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our rs 2007 gold privacy noticeMore newslettersResearchers found the vaccine for the common sexually transmitted infection (STI) provoked an immune response during preliminary tests on 35 healthy women.Further trials will now be carried out to determine whether it can fully protect against the infection, but experts say it is an “important first step” in tackling the condition.”The findings are encouraging as they show the vaccine is safe and produces the type of immune response that could potentially protect against chlamydia,” said Professor Robin Shattock, from Imperial College London.”The next step is to take the vaccine forward to further trials, but until that done, we won know whether it is truly protective or not.”Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the world and accounts for almost half of all STIs diagnosed in England, with young adults the most affected.It can lead to infertility, as well as complications such as ectopic pregnancy, arthritis and increased susceptibility to other STIs such as HIV.The infection is currently treated with antibiotics, but people can still catch it again. As many as three out of four cases show no symptoms.Newcastle worst roads for potholes revealed is your street on the list?”The major issue with chlamydia is the long term consequences,” said Professor Shattock.”It is very treatable if identified, but as many people don have symptoms it can be missed, and the biggest problem is that it can go on to cause infertility in women.”One of the problems we see with current efforts to treat chlamydia is that despite a very big screening, test and treat programme, people get repeatedly re infected. If you could introduce a protective vaccine, you could break that cycle.”The study, led by Imperial College London and the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, tested two different formulations of the vaccine to examine which would perform better.Read MoreToday other news and sportNewsallMost ReadMost RecentNorthumbria PoliceThree arrested after ‘bloody brawl’ breaks out in broad daylight on Newcastle streetPolice were called following reports that a ‘large group of individuals were fighting’ outside a homeCrimeChild killer Rose West complains of ‘sleepless nights’ after moving to new prisonThe serial killer has reportedly been moaning about noisy prisoners in her new jail, according to the Daily StarPort of TyneSee on board the luxurious cruise ship which sailed up the River TyneCunard’s Queen Victoria, which carried 2,000 passengers, docked at the Port of Tyne on TuesdayNorth East NewsOn board the Queen Victoria cruise ship on the River TyneOn board the Queen Victoria cruise ship on the River TyneCourtsScores of animals found in ’emaciated’ condition and in severe pain at breeder’s home, court hearsLynn Stoker, 62, of Byrness Village, Northumberland, has denied 16 RSPCA offences and is on trial at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ CourtJarrowVolunteers mourn the loss of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow after it closedVolunteers who gave almost 100 years to St Clare’s Hospice have said the loss of the service felt like a bereavementGreat Exhibition of the NorthMuseum bosses praise ‘Dippy effect’ as famous dinosaur skeleton delivers visitor boostIt was revealed last week that the famous diplodocus skeleton cast brought in 2.2m in visitor spending during the first stop of its UK tourTraffic TravelNorth East news LIVE: Latest breaking news, sport, weather, traffic and travelChronicleLive’s breaking news service including Wednesday’s traffic, travel, weather, sport and more covering Newcastle and the North EastEducationUniversities will no longer offer places based on predicted A level grades under a Labour GovernmentStudents would apply for university once they have got their real grades, under Labour’s proposed new systemCrimeChild killer Rose West complains of ‘sleepless nights’ after moving to new prisonThe serial killer has reportedly been moaning about noisy prisoners in her new jail, according to the Daily Star.
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