Students Say Pants To Chlamydia!

As part of Contraceptive Awareness Week, over 150 students took up the opportunity to have a Chlamydia test.

Teams from the County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s Sexual Health Improvement & Screening Team provided the testing at both the Peterlee and Houghall Campuses of East Durham College.

The teams were giving away free condoms and a pair of Valentine’s pants and boxers, to everyone who had a test, that said ‘What has cupid got for you?’.

Assistant Principal, Fred Harrison, from East Durham College, said; “We take the health and wellbeing of our students very seriously and have a long established partnership with the local NHS Foundation Trust. The screening team visit the College on a regular basis and I’m please to see so many of our students acting responsibly and taking advantage of the free screening service.”

A spokesperson from the Trust added; “Nationally we expect 1 in 14 under 25s have Chlamydia but there are areas where the rate is higher. It’s really important that young people get tested as there are no symptoms in 70% of females and 50% of males. The condition can lead to infertility in both and also cause a number of other problems such as miscarriage.”

A national campaign is currently running, ‘Chlamydia Worth Talking About’ which is helping to raise awareness and give the Trust screening team the opportunity to engage with more young people to discuss safe sex, contraception and screening.

The Trust added; “Chlamydia does not discriminate and can affect people who may have just had one partner, so it’s important everyone thinks about having a test.”

The team will be out in force at the Market Place in Durham City Centre on Saturday 13th February from 10am till 4pm.