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Chlamydia: Screening

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of young (a) males under 24 years old and (b) other people participating in Chlamydia screening. (302404)

In July 2009 the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) published “Involving young men in Chlamydia screening; a practical guide” aimed at improving access to high quality Chlamydia screening services for young men. The NCSP does monitor and publish on a quarterly basis the number of young male screened in the community.

On 30 November 2009, the Department and the Department for Children Schools and Families, together with the NCSP launched a new public information campaign to tackle the ongoing need to increase knowledge around sexual health, including Chlamydia screening, amongst young men and women.

In January 2010 the Department will be introducing a Chlamydia specific strand to this campaign to raise awareness of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme and to encourage people to accept a test when offered.