Portsmouth sees a rise in youngsters taking STI test

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MORE young people in Portsmouth are taking responsibility for their sexual health by getting tested for chlamydia.

Last year, 40.4 per cent of 15 to 24-year-olds (15,463) in the city took the test, compared to 25.4 per cent the previous year. It puts Portsmouth third in the country for the number of youngsters getting tested.

Commissioning manager from NHS Portsmouth Kerry Pearson said: ‘Chlamydia is known as the silent sexually-transmitted infection.

‘If undetected and untreated you are not only risking passing chlamydia on, but your own health is at risk too.

‘It can cause infertility, arthritis and pain. But it can be treated easily with antibiotics, before long-term problems set in.

‘We’re delighted the local screening programme is so successful in getting young people to check for this infection.’

The chlamydia test, which is a urine test, is available from GPs, pharmacies and the Ella Gordon Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Milton, Portsmouth.

Or you can visit chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk, text Letter to 88020 or call (023) 9268 0322.