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National Chlamydia Screening Programme

In accordance with the national changes to the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP), opportunistic chlamydia screening in Buckinghamshire will focus on women* where harm to reproductive health is greatest.

This means that chlamydia screening in community settings, such as GP surgeries, community pharmacies, youth groups/agencies should only be proactively offered to women aged 15-24.  Services provided by sexual health services remain unchanged.

Everyone in Buckinghamshire can still get tested if they need, but men will not be proactively offered a test outside of sexual health services unless an indication has been identified, such as being a partner of someone with chlamydia or having symptoms.

Opportunistic screening for chlamydia in the community settings should be offered to asymptomatic young women on change of sexual partner (or annual if no change) AND at all contraceptive appointments.  Contraceptive appointments can be used to educate that untreated chlamydia infections may result in reproductive harm and to highlight the importance of rapid diagnosis and treatment.

For more information, please see NCSP Briefing Paper for Sexual Health Network and Care Pathway – Appendix A

*References to women throughout this document includes cisgender women, transgender men and non-binary (assigned female at birth) people who have not had hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy. 

Order Chlamydia Screening Tests

To obtain chlamydia screening kits, resource materials and promotional materials please contact Terrence Higgins Trust who co-ordinate the NCSP in Buckinghamshire buckscsp@tht.org.uk 01494 520436

Training

Training on Chlamydia can be accessed through the Chlamydia Screening for GPs and Nurses course here

Further Information

If you are a GP or community pharmacy and wish to find out more about chlamydia screening through the Public Health Services Contract please contact phcontracts@buckinghamshire.gov.uk