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Young people ‘unaware of chlamydia danger’

8th January 2010

The results of a new survey suggest that young people in the UK do not fully appreciate the implications that contracting chlamydia can have.

The study was carried out on behalf the Department of Health and marks the start of a new advertising campaign that aims to encourage youngsters to ‘say yes to chlamydia tests’.

It found that while three quarters of young people were aware that the infection was the most common Sexually transmitted infection (STI) in England, 90 per cent did not get tested before beginning a new relationship.

Furthermore, 65 per cent of respondents said that they did not always use condom when having sex with a new partner for the first time.

Gillian Merron, public health minister, said: “Young people sometimes feel too embarrassed to ask for the test even though they know it is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK.”

The new campaign, entitled chlamydia worth talking about, is supported by the National Chlamydia Screening Programme.

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