Holland plans chlamydia screening in 300 000 young people

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1177
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

    The Netherlands is set to launch a large scale, systematic pilot programme to screen young people for infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, the country’s commonest sexually transmitted infection.

    Early next year 315 000 people aged between 16 and 29 years in three centres—Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Heerlen (in the south east of the country near Maastrict)—will be invited by post to take part in the programme.

    They will then be able to request, from a website, a chlamydia test kit, returning a vaginal swab or a urine sample for testing. Those who the test results indicate may be infected will be treated with antibiotics. All the potential 315 000 …

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