Information on chlamydia being given to parents and carers

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INFORMATION on sexual health is being given to parents and carers, which can be passed on to young adults.

It comes as Solent NHS Trust launches an initiative to give people more information on sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia.

The Chlamydia Screening Programme (CSP) is being run by a team of health professionals skilled in talking to both parents and children about the infection.

The programme estimates that, nationally, one in 14 sexually active 16 to 24-year-olds could have chlamydia.

Aileen Patterson, associate director of child and family services, said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to offer this new initiative to support parents and carers.

‘The parents we’ve already spoken to welcome the help and support from our chlamydia screening team.

‘As a parent I know how hard it can be to talk to young people about sexual health topics and I am sure parents and carers can benefit enormously from this initiative.’

The team has released leaflets aimed at guiding parents through the process of getting their children tested, receiving treatment and how to prevent the spread of further infection.

It is hoped that providing parents and carers with information will help open up discussions with their children.

To find out more information about the CSP, or to request a leaflet can call (023) 9286 6628, or visit