Monday 23rd April 2012
Employers and business owners are being encouraged to use their venues to reduce undiagnosed chlamydia in young people.
The Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on employers across Lincolnshire to support its screening programme tackling undetected infections among local youngsters.
The charity, which provides information and sexual health checks for people with HIV, is encouraging local businesses to let its staff set up a table at their venue with chlamydia testing kits and information leaflets.
Through the free scheme, commissioned by NHS Lincolnshire, men are encouraged to give a urine sample, while women take a self-administered swab.
Results will be sent by text within two weeks, with those who test positive provided with antibiotics, support and advice.
Mick Mason, Midlands regional manager for the trust, said: "The test our outreach teams use is quick and easy and doesn't involve a visit to a clinic, which can often put young people off. We hope to continue the success of this project and, with the help of local venues, have a real impact on undiagnosed chlamydia in Lincolnshire."
So far the scheme has screened more than 16,000 young people for the sexually transmitted infection in pubs, clubs and other venues since it started in November 2009.
To take part call Vicki Corcoran on 07787 404873 or email email@example.com.