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Chlamydia message getting through

25th October 2006

10072006_drswaitingroom1.jpgAwareness of the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia has risen sharply, according to new figures.

In 2001, just 65 per cent of women and 35 per cent of men knew about the disease, but a new survey from the Office for National Statistics found this has increased to 91 per cent of women and 79 per cent of men.

The Omnibus survey of 3,000 people showed 20 per cent of women had been tested for the infection, more than a quarter within the last year. Women with more than one sexual partner in the last year and those aged 16 to 29 were more likely to have been tested.

Women were twice as likely to know the symptoms of chlamydia than men, according to the survey which was carried out in 2005/6.

The survey also revealed the Pill was the most commonly used contraceptive, closely followed by the male condom. Almost half of those who used the male condom said the main reason was to prevent infection rather than pregnancy. Five per cent of women had used emergency contraception in the past 12 months.

The National Chlamydia Screening Programme was launched in England in 2003 and has screened almost 70,000 men and women in its first two years – the government plans to extend this to include all under 25s by next year.

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Tanya Makins

Friday 2nd March 2007 @ 0:00

Hi, I am the Screening Coordinator for the North Nottinghamshire area, you may wish to update this article now as many of the phase 3 sites have now commenced screaning.



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