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STI tests improve attitudes to sexual health

New publications aiming to encourage safe sex in young people have been released by Public Health England (PHE) following a revealing survey.  

An anonymous PHE survey revealed that young adults that have been offered chlamydia tests were more likely to seek sexual health care, resulting in a change in attitude to contraceptives.

More than 60% of respondents admitted they were more likely to use condoms with a new partner and 66% reported that they were more likely to test for chlamydia again.

Despite the fact that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are highest in young adults, the website survey showa that 90% survey responders received sexual health advice in addition to their last test and individuals with higher numbers of sexual partners tested more frequently for the chlamydia.

Consultant epidemiologist at PHE, Dr Anthony Nardone said: “Our survey of young adults found chlamydia screening has a positive impact on both health-seeking and sexual behaviour, and provides an important channel for the delivery of safer sex messages to young adults. 

"This enhances the cost effectiveness of chlamydia screening, offering value beyond that of the testing itself.”

PHE and Brook have released an updated Condom-Card Scheme (C-Card) condom distribution schemes. 

The objective of this scheme is to make sure there is easy access to sexual health advice and free condoms for young people.

The guide also includes six years of practitioners' experience commissioning, developing and providing these schemes.

Local schemes have been successful in reducing the rate of unprotected sex, sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.

Chief executive of Brook, Simon Blake OBE said: “Young adults remain the age group most at risk of STIs in England. C-Card schemes are an effective way to help young adults take responsibility for their sexual health; providing them with easy access to free contraception, education about sexual health and wellbeing, and are an opportunity to signpost to related services.”