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Chlamydia: Screening

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of screens for chlamydia undertaken in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 were (i) offered to and (ii) accepted by (A) men and (B) women. (197822)

Data for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) records numbers of screens accepted not the numbers of screens offered. The data on proportion of screens accepted are shown in the following table:

Proportion of males and females screened for Chlamydia as part of the NCSP: 2003-07

Proportion Male (percentage)

Proportion Female (percentage)

Total1

2003-04

7

93

17,391

2004-05

13

87

63,303

2005-06

18

82

112,714

2006-07

21

79

162,961

Overall

18

82

356,369

1Total number screened excluding screens with sex marked as unknown and unspecified.

Notes:

1. The data from the NCSP are for screens outside of GUM clinics only and include screens from the Boots pathfinder project.

2. The data available from the NCSP are the number of screens undertaken and not the number of patients screened. The number of screens is assumed to be a close proxy of the number of people screened.

3. The data include those aged 13-24 years.

4. The NCSP began screening on 1 April 2003 and so data are only available from that date onwards.

5. The data is specific to the financial year 1 April-31 March: 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06. For 2006-07, data as of 27 February 2008.

Source:

The NSCP