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Chlamydia screening major step forward

18th June 2010

The Health Protection Agency has reported significant progress in the national chlamydia screening programme.


A HPA report says the ‘major step forward’ has been a result of GPs ramping up the number of screens done in general practice.

Its preliminary report praises GPs for the ‘enormous progress’ the profession has made in screening sexually active men and women aged 16-24 for chlamydia, which has helped boost the number of tests done as part of the programme to record numbers.

The 1.5 million tests conducted under the programme in 2009/10 is an increase of 442,000 tests and a 58% rise on the previous year.

Figures show that fell from 7.9% to 6.3% in women and 7% to 5% in men.

The inclusion of community-based testing in the Department of Health’s vital signs indicator framework is seen as a major factor in the rise in screenings.

A third of PCTs reached the indicator target of testing at least 25% of their population aged 16-24 for chlamydia, and in a further third of PCTs coverage was between 20 and 25%.

But greater demands are set to be placed on PCTs and GPs in the near future with the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) wanting to see further improvements.

Planning by the HPA to begin a population-based prevalence indicator survey to monitor the programme’s impact on the level of infection is at an advanced stage.

Lead GP for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme Dr Sebastian Kalwij said over the last year a growing number of GPs are offering chlamydia screening.


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