Cambridgeshire young people offered sexual health tests at home
Terrence Higgins Trust
Young people in Cambridgeshire are being offered the chance to test for chlamydia in the comfort of their own home.
Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, is launching a new drive to get more young people in the county testing for the sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Chlamydia is very common and those aged 15-24 are most affected. The STI often has no symptoms, which means it is important to test regularly.
It is treated with a short course of antibiotics, but – if left untreated – can cause infertility, as well as reactive arthritis which affects the joints.
For the next six weeks, the Terrence Higgins Trust is offering young people the chance to order a free chlamydia self-test from its Young and Free website.
The confidential result is then delivered within 10 days via text message.
Darcy Weaver, regional manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Testing for chlamydia is quick and painless, and can be treated with a course of antibiotics. We’re urging young people in Cambridgeshire who are sexually active to come forward and get tested – even if they don’t have any symptoms.
“We want young people to get into a routine of regularly testing for STIs, like chlamydia. It should be seen as similar to getting your teeth checked at the dentist. And what’s so great is that it’s now easier than ever to look after your sexual health with these free, confidential chlamydia self-tests.”
In Norfolk and Suffolk, postal kits are already available from the iCash service.