Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, with sexually active young people at highest risk. As chlamydia often has no symptoms and can have serious health consequences (eg pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and tubul factor infertility) opportunistic screening remains an essential element of good quality sexual health services for young adults.
Further information on chlamydia is available from NHS Choices.
National chlamydia screening programme (NCSP)
HIV / STI department, Public Health England 61 Colindale Avenue
A substantial proportion of all young adults become infected with chlamydia in a year. The aim of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) is to control chlamydia through early detection and treatment of asymptomatic infection, so reducing onward transmission and the consequences of untreated infection.
The NCSP is committed to supporting the highest possible standards in the commissioning and provision of chlamydia screening. The NCSP Quality Assurance (QA) framework sets out the NCSP strategy for QA.