Men and chlamydia: putting men to the test

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Men’s Health Forum
Men's Health Forum
Date of publication
1 June 2006
Health Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This report explores the growing problem of male cases of chlamydia and the lack of men currently being screened for the disease. Levels of chlamydia in young people have now reached epidemic levels and evidence suggests that up to one in ten sexually active young people are now infected with the STI. The Department of Health rolled out the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) nationwide in 2006, to tackle this growing problem. The NCSP offers chlamydia testing to sexually active young people in a variety of innovative settings. The Men’s Health Forum welcomes the NCSP but believes it is critical that more men are tested and treated as part of it. Although the proportion of young men diagnosed with chlamydia is the same as young women, December 2005 figures show that only 17% of those screened by the NCSP are men. The danger is that without screening large amounts of men not enough people overall will be tested and treated - and so infection rates will grow. More men need to be tested to make the most of the investment in the chlamydia screening programme.

The report makes five key recommendations: ensuring best practice is developed and entrenched; investment in training; making the most of pharmacies and the boots pharmacy pilot; prioritising sexual health services in local health delivery; and target should be set for screening men to ensure equality between sexes.