Twice yearly STD test recommended

Sexually active women under the age of 25 should be screened for the sexually transmitted disease (STD) chlamydia, twice a year a new study suggests.

The research was carried out on over 2,000 sexually active women aged under 25 and found that almost a third of the group had the infection. The researchers estimate that four out of every five cases of chlamydia are contracted within this age group.

As a result, the new recommendation is that women under the age of 25 be screened for chlamydia every six months.

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STD in the developed world. In Ireland, there has been a three-fold increase in the number of cases each year since 1993.

However, chlamydial infection may be even more common than these figures suggest because in some cases, people who carry the infection may be unaware of it for some time. In other cases, confirmed cases of chlamydial infection may not be reported even though chlamydia is a notifiable disease.

The study can be found in the latest edition of the journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections'.


damian(dtiernan) - 09/03/2001 15:14


Fiona(Fibee) - 08/07/2001 20:08

Can anyone please tell me if there is a support group for H.P.V. (STD), and where can you get the best information about it.

Anonymous - 11/07/2001 08:58

The basic "screening test" is for syphilis, Hep B, HIV, If you feel you may have been put at risk do go along to a STD clinic, they are very understanding and give a confidential service and also it is not as bad as it may seem to be! It is best to get checked out for your sake and others also.

Jessica(jdudley) - 05/09/2001 20:15

I have just contracted herpes, no idea how as I am in a faithful long term relationship. I have been given antibiotics but am wondering can I be checked to see if it is gone once my medication is over??

Anonymous - 23/07/2002 19:47

Does anyone know what the treatment for genital warts is??

anon(PGA22762) - 13/01/2005 17:31

Jessica,are you sure its herpes? Antibiotics will not do anything for herpes as it is a viral infection and antibiotics are only affective against bacterial infections. Either you or your doctor have it wrong!

anon(PGA22762) - 13/01/2005 17:33

dear anonymous.there are several options to treat genital warts - the most common probably being cryotherapy (freezerburning) but unfortunately the virus stays and you may get recurring warts

Anonymous - 15/01/2005 13:53

I think its a good idea 2 be tested at least twice since there has been a rise in std's in ireland. apparently there are newer unidentified std's also.

Anonymous - 10/09/2005 09:37

Can your GP do std tests?

Darren - 09/01/2006 11:38

Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get results back from "Basic STD Screening" i.e. HIV & Hepatitis B. Also, who has access to the information provided by myself i.e. name, address etc. Will having being tested affect future life incurance policies or any other aspect of my life, assuming I receive the all clear. I remember filling out some form that asked had I ever been tested for HIV (Cant remember what form).Thanks in advance.

Curly-Sue - 24/02/2009 14:46

Does anyone know if there is some kind of an STD Clinic in Galway&if there are any free ones in particular, but anything as long as it isn't to go to your GP, I can't risk that.

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