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Chlamydia screening not cost effective

29 May 2012

Chlamydia screening not cost effective

Academics have found that a national screening campaign for Chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause infertility, is not cost effective. Researchers from NUI Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) also explored the attitudes and fears of Irish men and women aged 18-29 years and found that the main barrier to seeking an STI test was the stigma associated with STIs.  The Chlamydia Screening in Ireland Pilot Study was launched yesterday as part of Sexual Health Awareness Week. The researchers recommend the inclusion of primary care-delivered chlamydia detection and case management services as part of a national action plan to promote sexual health.

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