P223 Impact of national chlamydia screening programme in children aged <16 years attending a sexual health clinic: 10 years later


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Abstract

IntroductionThe objectives of this study were to compare the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the uptake of chlamydia test in a Level 3 sexual health clinic during pre and post National chlamydia screening programme (NCSP) periods. The programme has also included children aged <16 years if they are found to be Fraser competent.MethodsThe study period 1st September 2002 – 31st August 2016. Data were collected retrospectively from the Lilie Sexual Health Management System.ResultsTotal of 894 (N=894) children were studied; of whom 80% were girls. Age range was 13-15 years. Demographic details were similar in pre and post- NSCP periods.DiscussionThe rate of genital chlamydia infections had peaked during the immediate post- NSCP period. This is probably related to increased uptake of chlamydia test using the less invasive method. However, the overall trend has shown some reduction in both chlamydia and other STI rates in children aged 13-15 years attending our clinic for the past eight years. The reduction might have been contributed by NSCP in addition to changes in the sexual health services locally.

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