A new initiative has been launched which aims to increase the number of men who are screened for chlamydia.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP), which aims to make the screening process for the sexually-transmitted infection more accessible to men, has been launched at the QEII Centre in London.
The project aims to take screening to colleges, further education centres, youth clubs, prisons and military establishments and will also offer home kits so that men can arrange screening over the internet.
A website, www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk, has also been launched, which features a postcode finder to help young people locate their local screening venue and learn more about the infection.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) hopes that the programme will raise awareness of the importance of screening men, both for their own sexual and reproductive health and to prevent infertility in women.
When the NCSP first started screening in 2003, there were 17,000 screenings and only 7% of these were men.
However, in 2006-07 alone there were 150,000. Of these, 21.3% were men.
Dr Mary Macintosh, director of the programme, said that although the numbers have gone up, much more still needs to be done to target men.
She said: "The number of young men being screened for chlamydia has been increasing year on year but there is still work to be done to ensure that this number continues to rise."