Britain launches pilot screening programme for chlamydia

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
  1. Hilary Bower
  1. London

    Two pilots schemes are to test whether a national screening programme for the sexually transmitted disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis should be introduced in Britain.

    The launch of the projects, which involve opportunistic screening by GPs and family planning clinics, follows a report by Department of Health experts who believe the infection is spreading exponentially, particularly among young sexually active people. Largely asymptomatic, C trachomatis infects men and women equally but has more severe long term consequences for women. It is thought to be the principal preventable cause of pelvic inflammatory disease, which is strongly linked to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Some studies have shown pelvic inflammatory disease to be a causal factor in 50% of female infertility.

    Launching the £0.5m …

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