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Men more likely to have chlamydia

Men are twice as likely to have chlamydia as women, a new study has suggested.

A poll by Lloyds Pharmacy has found that 13% of men who bought testing kits online tested positive, while only 6% of female customers had to make an appointment with their doctor.

The problem was exacerbated by a lack of screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), with just 28% of men and 38% of women having been tested.

Clare Kerr, Lloyds Pharmacy's head of sexual health, said the results suggested that men waited until they thought they might have an infection before consulting their doctor.

"This is particularly worrying as many STIs don't have any obvious symptoms, so men could be putting both themselves and their partners at risk by delaying tests," she said.

"Embarrassment is a huge barrier to testing and so we hope that removing the need to see a GP or visit a GUM clinic will encourage men to test themselves regularly."

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexual infection and, if left untreated, can lead to fertility problems.

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"We the professionals may have been failing when we focused too much in targeting girls more so than boys, thus leaving them untreated and then liable to reinfect the very girls that may have been treated in the past. The reasons are various. 1.Young men very rarely visits their doctors enabling us to opportunistically target them for testing. 2.Poor response to invite letters which may be due to the knowledge that they may be seen by a female professional (macho image)" - Mary Taylor