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Chlamydia Challenge

Posted on the 27th March 2015

Health professionals are working with local schools and organisation to get involved with the Chlamydia Challenge, helping to reduce stigma around sexually transmitted infections and help improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) service is raising awareness of the importance for sexually active young people to be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and in particular chlamydia. The team has been working with partner organisations such as schools, youth groups and college challenging them to either host an event or create a display encouraging young people to be screened for chlamydia, the most common STI amongst young people.

Sue Roscow, Community Sexual Health Education Practitioner at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It is important that young people are aware of the important of practicing safe sex and different methods of contraception available to them. There can be a lot of stigma and embarrassment in people of all ages when it comes to discussing sexually transmitted infections and getting tested, however we hope that by setting challenges such as this will help break down the barriers and get people talking about it.

“Chlamydia is the most common STI amongst young people and many people won’t experience any symptoms. Sexually active women under 25 have a 1 in 14 chance of getting chlamydia and men aged between 20 and 30 are most at risk. However, it is important people of all ages who are sexually active are tested regularly and ensure appropriate contraceptive methods are used, such as condoms.”

Getting tested for chlamydia is quick, painless, free and most of all confidential. It is important people are tested regularly as only 25% of women will have symptoms and 50% of men.

You can find out more information about chlamydia, as well as request a free testing kit at www.best2know.co.uk, by texting BEST to 82540 or contact Sharon Blanche, Chlamydia Screening Lead on Sharon.blanche@lancashirecare.nhs.uk or telephone 01254 283433. For more information about sexual health services in your area please visit www.cashlancashire.nhs.uk.