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Chlamydia testing in Scotland should target under-25s

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Chlamydia testing must be targeted at people aged under 25, the Scottish government has said.

Official statistics released by NHS Scotland show that almost three out of four cases (72%) of the sexually transmitted infection occur in the under-25 age group, but the same age group accounted for just 47% of actual chlamydia testing.

The figure for people undergoing chlamydia tests in Scotland does continue to grow, however, with a total of 267,854 tests carried out between 2008 and 2009 - up 2,991 from the previous year. The total tests figure has increased by 20% since 2005.

Public health minister Shona Robison said: “This report shows that there is still work to be done to ensure that chlamydia testing is being targeted at those most at risk - most notably, young people under 25.”

The highest proportion of samples testing positive was identified among women aged 15-19 (12%) and men aged 20-24 (14%). Figures also showed the number of positive tests was higher in men among all age groups but the majority of testing (76%) was performed on women.

The highest proportion of positive tests among women aged 15-24 was observed in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Lanarkshire trusts (both 12%). The highest number among men aged 15-24 was observed in the NHS Borders and NHS Dumfries and Galloway trusts (both 18%).

However, the highest proportion of positive tests amongst men aged 25-49 was in the NHS Forth Valley and NHS Grampian trusts (11%).

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  • cala mary

    Unfortunately, STD rates soar worldwide!!! Use a condom to protect your sex life!!!! A friend who works for a STD dating == STDpal. c om ==(whether I spell the site correctly) told me that the new subscribers have increased 200% over 2008. Rising STD rate sparks online dating sites.

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