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New chlamydia screening intervention ‘proving successful’

18th September 2013

Public Health England has highlighted figures that demonstrate the success of its new chlamydia screening intervention.

The intervention is designed around the theory of planned behaviour and focuses on removing barriers to offering chlamydia testing to young adults, including training workshops for staff and posters, patient information cards, computer prompts and newsletters to educate patients.

According to initial findings, this has increased general practice screening tests rates by 76 percent and chlamydia diagnoses by 40 percent, with those of the 76 practices involved that fully engaged with the intervention were able to double their chlamydia testing.

Dr Cliodna McNulty, head of Public Health England's primary care unit, said: "General practice is a natural venue to engage young adults in chlamydia testing, and our intervention shows that providing the right skills and resources can significantly improve screening rates in this setting."

In 2010, 186,753 people tested positive for chlamydia in England, with the vast majority of these people being 24 years of age or younger.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801638937-ADNFCR

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