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Why we are morally obliged to help the young over chlamydia

I refer to the report 'MPs expose ''scandal'' of GPs forced to use poor chlamydia test' (June 16). Incentives to provide more sexual health care are irrelevant in an era when more than one in 10 of sexually active teenagers are probably chlamydia positive. Over 50 per cent of these will be asymptomatic.

Pressure needs to be put on PCTs to fund the molecular test for chlamydia that enables us to use simple urine testing to screen men and women at risk.

In north Derbyshire we are fortunate to have access to such a service and screen young people who attend our drop-in clinic as well as first attenders for cervical smears and many who attend for contraceptive advice or with urinary symptoms. With a three-week wait for a GUM appointment we have to take responsibility for dealing with the current epidemic of STIs.

The Government has pledged increased funding to support the

sexual health strategy, but while this is being implemented young people are risking their future health and fertility, and we are morally and ethically obliged to help them.

Dr Sheila Kinghorn

GP representative

North Derbyshire Sexual Health Strategy Committee

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