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Chlamydia screening to focus on reducing harm

The National Chlamydia Screening Programme is changing to put a greater emphasis on reducing the harm of untreated infections on young women’s reproductive health.

The programme will aim to provide treatment more rapidly and expand testing in community settings for sexually active women aged under 25 years. Until now, the focus has been on increasing chlamydia diagnoses, through asymptomatic screening in young men and women. The changed approach is designed to achieve better long-term health outcomes.