Health written question – answered on 20th October 2004.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the prevalence of chlamydia in younger people.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

holding answer 15 October 2004

As part of the implementation of the Government's national strategy for sexual health and HIV, the Department is rolling out a chlamydia screening programme across the country. Already the programme covers more than a quarter of primary care trusts in England, covering an estimated 30 per cent. of all young people aged 15 to 24 in England.

We have also invested £8 million to enable laboratories to switch to the more reliable and non-invasive type of chlamydia test. We are also raising awareness of chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections, through national media campaigns targeting young people. Further details of the action being taken to reduce sexually transmitted national strategy for sexual health and HIV is available in the Library and on the Department's website at:

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