Current UK NSC recommendations > Chlamydia (adult)

The UK NSC recommendation on Chlamydia screening in adults

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2010/11

The UK NSC does not recommend systematic population based screening for chlamydia.


The Department of Health, as part of their Sexual Health Strategy, together with the Health Protection Agency are rolling out an opportunistic testing programme for chlamydia, however. The programme will primarily target young women under 25 who access the sexual health services. More information can be found on the National Chlamydia Screening Programme website.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Chlamydia (adult)

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. In the UK, the number of new diagnoses has been steadily increasing each year since the mid-1990s, and it has now become the most commonly diagnosed STI.

» Read more about chlamydia on NHS Choices


Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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