The UK NSC policy on Chlamydia screening in adults
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|| Systematic population screening programme not recommended
The UK NSC does not recommend systematic population based screening for chlamydia.
The Department of Health, as part of their Sexual Health Strategy, together with the Health Protection Agency are rolling out an opportunistic testing programme for chlamydia, however. The programme will primarily target young women under 25 who access the sexual health services. More information can be found on the National Chlamydia Screening Programme website.
What is screening?
Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition.
It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.
» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process
More about Chlamydia (adult)
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. In the UK, the number of new diagnoses has been steadily increasing each year since the mid-1990s, and it has now become the most commonly diagnosed STI.
» Read more about chlamydia on NHS Choices
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• Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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