In a bid to encourage young people to be tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s), a new trial has been set up to offer clubbers and pub goers home testing kits. The trial will be offered to under 25’s in the Ealing, Greenford and Southall areas of London and will test for the most common STD, Chlamydia.
If the trial is successful, the initiative will be made available across the UK. The Chlamydia home testing kits will be available in dispensers located in pub and club toilets and contain a urine sample jar and a leaflet about Chlamydia as well as a form to fill in and a freepost envelope.
The test will be totally confidential and the results can either be received by post, text or by visiting a doctor.
Chlamydia is the most common STD in the UK, and up to 50% of males and 70% of females who are infected show no symptoms at all. If undiagnosed, Chlamydia can affect different parts of the body and cause infertility.