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Screening campaign in sex disease drive

PUBLISHED: 14:38 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 23 August 2010

A MAJOR chlamydia screening campaign is being launched to raise awareness about the consequences of unprotected sex. NHS West Kent is this week rolling out the campaign in Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley. Postcards have been sent out inviting those aged

A MAJOR chlamydia screening campaign is being launched to raise awareness about the consequences of unprotected sex.

NHS West Kent is this week rolling out the campaign in Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley.

Postcards have been sent out inviting those aged 20 to 24 to a screening at the Gr@nd, 43 New Road, Gravesend, from 4pm to 8pm today. Similar events took place in Dartford and Swanley earlier in the week.

Posters with the slogan, "I've done it", are being displayed in public places as part of the campaign, which will see a renewed focus on schools and colleges.

Maura Flynn, a sexual health promotion practitioner at NHS West Kent, said: "If you think you might have chlamydia, it's important to be tested. Testing is free on the NHS and is simple and painless.

"Chlamydia is easy to treat with specific antibiotics, usually as a single dose.

"NHS West Kent is making chlamydia screening as accessible as possible for young people.

"Screening and treatment are available from 30 pharmacies across west Kent and an agreement with GP practices means that most are now offering screening."

Chlamydia is a sexually-transmitted disease that shows no symptoms, but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. It affects 10 per cent of the population aged 15 to 24.

More information for young people on chlamydia and the opportunity to request a free self-testing postal kit are available at www.whatsinyourpants.co.uk.

To speak to sexual health outreach nurses, visit www.for

youngpeople.co.uk or call free on 0800 0728748.

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