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Chlamydia: Prisoners

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women’s prisons offered chlamydia testing for inmates in each of the last five years. (276698)

The Department does not have data on the number of female prisons that offered testing for chlamydia via sexual health services in each of the last five years.

Sexual health services in prisons are provided by local national health service acute trusts through commissioning arrangements with the local primary care trust in England or Health Board in Wales.

Such services provide data on tests performed and positive results to the Centre for Infections of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) through KC60 returns (now phased out) or, more recently, through a system of reporting called GUMCAD (genito-urinary medicine clinical activity data). However, prison-specific data are not currently disaggregated; however, the HPA is currently exploring such disaggregation.