Chlamydia: Make sure you’re clued up – get tested in West Essex

YOUNG people need to be sure they have a clean bill of sexual health on the chlamydia front – request a testing kit via text message. Those aged between 15 and 24 years are being urged to find out for themselves if they are the one in 10 young sexually ac

YOUNG people need to be sure they have a clean bill of sexual health on the chlamydia front - request a testing kit via text message.

Those aged between 15 and 24 years are being urged to find out for themselves if they are the one in 10 young sexually active people with chlamydia. It is one of the fastest growing sexually-transmitted infections affecting this age group.

Chlamydia screening co-ordinator Louise Palmer, of NHS West Essex, said: "Just text the word KIT to 60155 with your name, age, address and sex to get your free chlamydia testing kit.

"Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean you don't have it. Get tested now - to be sure you are not the one in ten."


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Alternatively, people in this age group are being invited to drop in chlamydia sessions across NHS West Essex:

Thursday October 15 between 3pm and 7pm at the Lecture Theatre, St Margaret's Hospital on The Plain, Epping CM16 6TN

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Wednesday October 21 from 3pm to 7pm at Barbara Castle Health Centre, Broadley Road, Harlow CM19 5SJ

Tuesday November 3 from 3pm to 7pm at Dunmow Community Clinic, New Street, Dunmow CM6 1BH

GPs are supporting the drive to increase this age group to take the chlamydia test. Visit www.westessexpct.nhs.uk/yourhealth/chlamydia.php or e-mail knowursafe@nhs.net for information, and details of where you can get tested.

Why is chlamydia screening important?

* chlamydia is one of the fastest growing sexually-transmitted infections affecting young men and women

* One in 10 sexually active young people have chlamydia but most do not know they have it

* there are often no signs or symptoms

* if left untreated it can cause further infections and infertility in both males and females

* all 15 to 24-yr-olds are advised to test annually or every time they have a new partner.

The test is free and easy to do. It is a self test - no examination is needed and requesting your testing kit by text message couldn't be simpler.

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