Pharmacies join fight against STIs

YOUNG women who request the morning after pill from pharmacies will be offered a Chlamydia test as part of a new service to reduce the number of people with the infection.

YOUNG women who request the morning after pill from pharmacies will be offered a Chlamydia test as part of a new service to reduce the number of people with the infection.

Chlamydia screening kits will be handed out at selected pharmacies for women under the age of 25 to check for the sexually transmitted infection.

The initiative has this week been rolled by NHS Suffolk in conjunction with the provision of emergency contraception, which can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or if another contraceptive has failed.

NHS Suffolk, which buys and plans healthcare in the county, hopes the move will increase the number of people screened for Chlamydia, after it failed to reach its target of testing 17 per cent of under-25s last year.


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To find out if your local pharmacy is taking part visit www.suffolk.nhs.uk.

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