World Cup chlamydia campaign kicks off in SouthGlos

Posted on Wednesday 16th June 2010 at 8:23 am by SH (Editor)

To celebrate the World Cup, NHS South Gloucestershire, NHS Bristol, NHS North Somerset and NHS Bath and North East Somerset have launched a ‘Get your kit sorted and win a PS3’ campaign to encourage young people to get themselves tested for chlamydia.

The initiative is being run in partnership with local radio station Kiss FM.

Chlamydia affects 1 in 12 young people under 25 and is the commonest sexually transmitted infection.

Every 15 – 24 year old in the local area can go to the Kiss FM website at www.totalkiss.com and enter a prize competition draw for the chance to win a Playstation 3 and a FIFA World Cup 2010 game.

Young people can get a free and confidential chlamydia test kit at freetest.me.

Karl Pye, manager of the Avon Chlamydia Screening Programme, said: “The World Cup is a massive event for young people this summer. There will be lots of socialising at World Cup parties and of course lots of drinking, so it’s important that young people get checked out for chlamydia, especially if they are having unprotected sex.”

“Chlamydia is very common amongst young people and can be spread easily from person to person. It often has no obvious symptoms so the only way of knowing if you have it or not is to take the test. The test itself is very simple – just pee in a pot.”

The ‘Get your kit sorted’ competition runs from 11th June to 11th July 2010.

Source: NHS South Gloucestershire

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