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Urgent chlamydia testing needed after 1000% rise in cases

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Young people in North Yorkshire are being urged to get tested for chlamydia after figures showed that the number of diagnosed cases rose from 100 in 1995 to 1,000 in 2006.

According to NHS North Yorkshire and York, the number of cases of the sexually-transmitted disease in people aged between 15 and 24 has risen rapidly, and if it is left undiagnosed and untreated it can have serious consequences.

As part of a regional campaign, NHS North Yorkshire and York is working with York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Yorscreen, a sexual health outreach service, to offer young adults the chance to request a screening kit to test themselves.

The screening, which is part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme, involves patients providing a urine sample and sending it to laboratories, run by York Hospitals, who will inform them of the results.

Ginni Smith, lead nurse for sexual health services at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Those who test positive will be contacted to arrange an appointment at a convenient time and venue where they will be treated by someone from our sexual health nursing team."

If left untreated chlamydia can have serious long-term consequences, particularly for women as it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

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