The UK NSC policy on Chlamydia screening in adults
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.
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.
This policy was reviewed in Jul 2006 but no significant changes were made. It is due to be considered again in 2012/13, or earlier if significant new evidence emerges.
Evidence Supporting the Policy
Health Development Agency evidence briefing: 'Prevention of STIs: a review of reviews into the effectiveness of non-clinical interventions'
Further information on screening for sexually transmitted diseases is available in the National Sexual Health Strategy
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us.