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Chlamydia - encourage your teens to be tested

publication date: Jan 8, 2010
chlamydia campaignMore than a third of parents of 15 to 24 year olds have not spoken to their children about any sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a poll out today to mark the second phase of the new teenage pregnancy and sexual health advertising campaign.

While most parents know that chlamydia can lead to infertility in women, far fewer realise that the infection could affect their son's future chances of having children too.

The overwhelming majority of parents are aware that chlamydia is widespread among young people. But one in five believe their son or daughter isn't the type of person to sleep around and 14 per cent believe he or she isn't having sex at all.

The Populus survey of 2,000 young adults and parents shows:
  • Almost two thirds of young people don't use a condom when they have sex with a new partner for the first time.
  • Nine out of ten don't get tested for STIs before starting a new relationship, leaving themselves and their partner at risk.
  • One in five young people doesn't realise catching chlamydia can affect a woman's fertility.

The study, conducted on behalf of the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families marks the launch of a new advertising campaign, Chlamydia, Worth Talking About

For information around chlamydia testing, contraception and sexual health, visit www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout