A WEBSITE aims to tackle chlamydia after it emerged about one in ten young people in Western Cheshire has the sexually transmitted disease.
NHS Western Cheshire’s cool-looking website – www. rusure.org.uk – encourages young people to get themselves tested for chlamydia, an easily spread infection that can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
If diagnosed, a course of antibiotics will quickly clear it up – but 70 per cent of infected young women and half of infected young men do not even know they have the infection.
NHS Western Cheshire has set itself a target of screening 25-35% – or nearly 11,000 – of 15- to 24-year- olds over the next 12 months.
The NHS recommends people be tested each year, with repeat tests after each new sexual partner.
Any form of unprotected sexual intercourse can put someone at risk of catching chlamydia, including oral sex.
The website offers free chlamydia testing to 15- to 24-year- olds, who can choose to receive their results by text or letter.
Tests can also be carried out by the family GP, as well as at sexual health clinics and ‘Healthzones’ in West Cheshire College, Chester University and some schools.
The website is also packed with information on sexual health and contraceptive choices for young people, with a clinic-finder where they can locate their nearest contraception and sexual health clinic.
For more information and to order a free testing kit, visit www.rusure.org.uk.