Log In
Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Call for more frequent chlamydia testing

9th April 2010

A study of 2,500 students in the UK has found that annual screening of women is not enough to prevent cases of pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility.


Researchers suggest women should be tested for chlamydia every time they have a new sexual partner to cut their chances of developing the pelvic condition.

The findings, backed by the National Chlamydia Screening Programme and published in the British Medical Journal, found treatment of those found to have chlamydia cut the risk of pelvic disease by 80%.

A team from St George's, University of London, concluded that most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease were in women who did not have chlamydia when they were tested a year earlier and may have become infected in the 12 months after screening.

Study leader Professor Pippa Oakeshott said: "The crucial message is that individuals should get tested every time they have a new sexual partner."

However, she stressed chlamydia was not the only cause of pelvic inflammatory disease and that several bacteria may be a cause.

She said testing needed to be more accessible to young people.

For the study sexually active female students between the ages of 16 to 27 from 20 universities and colleges in London were swabbed at the beginning of the study and tested for pelvic inflammatory disease a year later.

Most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease occurred in women who tested negative for chlamydia when they were initially tested.

The Health Protection Agency said the findings reinforced the testing policy of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme.


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: Call for more frequent chlamydia testing
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14594
Date Added: 9th Apr 2010


BBC News

Recent Related Articles

Energy drinks ban in the UK


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


Mayden - Innovative cloud-based web development for the healthcare sector
© Mayden Foundation 2018