Under 25's To Be Screened
8:30am 1st April 2012
A campaign to raise awareness of chlamydia and the availability of screening services for young people has launched today in Buckinghamshire.
NHS Buckinghamshire is running the six-week long campaign to highlight the availability and ease of testing services from GPs and pharmacies, with the aim of encouraging young people to make regular testing part of their healthcare routine.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK, being most common in people under 25. It affects both men and women, and most people have no symptoms so will not know they have it without getting tested.
If left untreated it can lead to serious long-term problems and cause pain, especially in the abdomen, and may lead to male and female infertility. However, Chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics and the test is quick, easy and completely confidential.
Jenny Kent, Public Health Practitioner for NHS Buckinghamshire said: “Many young people may be unaware of just how easy it is to be tested and treated for chlamydia. GPs and many pharmacies offer free test kits to under 25s, which they can complete themselves and put in the post to go back to a lab for analysis. The service will then let them know, discreetly, the result of the test.
"The aim of this campaign is to highlight how simple testing is to do, and to encourage people to include regular testing into their usual healthcare routines. The only way to protect against chlamydia and other STIs is to use a condom, but regular testing, and treatment for those who test positive, helps to limit the spread of the infection."
The new campaign, urging young people to take the test to make sure they are chlamydia free, will run for a 6 week period with adverts on Mix 96 radio and posters throughout Buckinghamshire as well as advertising on Facebook.
Under 25s can pick up a home chlamydia testing kit free from their GP or any participating pharmacy. In addition, for a limited time only they will also receive a free goody bag.
Free ‘goody bag’ when you get a Chlamydia test
From 26th March 2012, look out for our new campaign running throughout Buckinghamshire.
For a limited time only, if you are aged between 15 and 24 and go to your GP or a participating pharmacy (see below for the full list) to pick up a Chlamydia testing kit you will get a free goody bag containing condoms, lip salve, earphone winders and keyring!
The test is quick and easy and you can do it yourself. Men will be asked to give a urine sample and women can do the test themselves by taking a swab from their lower vagina.
So take this opportunity to pick up a test kit and get your free bag!
Order a kit online:
Or, if you live in Buckinghamshire and are under 25, you can even do the test in the privacy of your own home by ordering a test kit online.
You can get a FREE Chlamydia test from the following pharmacies (under 25s only):
Centra Pharmacy, High Wycombe (treatment available)
Garlicks Chemist, Chesham (treatment available)
Tesco In-Store, Tring Road, Aylesbury (treatment available)
AQSA Pharmacy, London Road, High Wycombe
Collins and Jervie Pharmacy, Amersham
Hampden Pharmacy, Aylesbury
Lansdales Pharmacy, Desborough Road, High Wycombe
Lansdales Pharmacy, Elm Road, Penn
Lloyds Pharmacy, High Street, Aylesbury
Lloyds Pharmacy, Beaconsfield
Little Chalfont Pharmacy
Morrisons Pharmacy, Station Way, Aylesbury
Prestwood Pharmacy, High Street, Prestwood
Priory Pharmacy, High Wycombe
Ryemead Pharmacy, Wycombe Retail Park, High Wycombe
Sainsburys Pharmacy, Oxford Road, High Wycombe
Victoria Pharmacy, High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire Chlamydia Screening Office: 0844 225 2416
Bucks Chlamydia Screening Programme (www.morethanahug.com)
National Chlamydia Screening Programme www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk
Did you know?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the UK, being most common in people under 25. It affects both men and women. Most people have no symptoms, so will not know they have it.
If left untreated Chlamydia can lead to serious long-term problems and cause pain, especially in the abdomen, and may lead to ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and male and female infertility (not being able to have a baby). However, it is easily cured with antibiotics. Your partner or any recent sexual contacts must also be treated as they may be infected as well.
Remember, the only way to protect against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections is to use a condom every time you have sex.
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