The subject of this presentation is Chlamydia, a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), which has the highest incidence of all STIs in England and affects young people with few initial symptoms but serious complications.
This presentation is for people aged 15-24, based in England, who may have questions about sex. This demographic was chosen to reflect the target group of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) overseen by Public Health England (PHE, 2016). Others who would benefit are the broader public, parents and care-givers. The slide design and notes inform and enable risk based decision, rather than shock and stigma; research suggests this is more likely to improve young peoples’ sexual health decisions (Smith, 2015 and Newby et al., 2013).
The purpose is to address lack of knowledge that young people, their parents and even General Practioners (GPs) have of the screening process. UK Government estimated £100,000,000 was spent on screening between 2003-2010; by 2008 only 5% of 15-24 year-olds were tested, the target was 15%. Effort to prioritise this resulted in a testing rate of 16% by 2009. Statistical models indicate the target testing rate is essential to bring Chlamydia under control (Woodhall et al., 2014).
This approach is opportunistic, meaning young people self-refer for screening using online services, GPs encourage screening during consultations and so on.