The aim of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) is to focus on reducing the harms from untreated chlamydia infection. The harmful effects of chlamydia occur predominantly in women and other people with a womb or ovaries so the opportunistic screening (that is the proactive offer of a chlamydia test to young people without symptoms) should focus on women, combined with:
reducing time to test results and treatment
strengthening partner notification
re-testing after treatment
Women and other people with a womb or ovaries include transgender men, and non-binary people assigned female at birth, and intersex people with a womb or ovaries.
In practice this means that chlamydia screening in community settings, such as GPs and pharmacies, will only be proactively offered to young women. Services provided by sexual health services remain unchanged.
Everyone can still get tested if they need, but men will not be proactively offered a test unless an indication has been identified, such as being a partner of someone with chlamydia or having symptoms.
Young adults looking for information on chlamydia and chlamydia testing should visit: