|Chlamydia Screening Programme|
Chlamydia Screening Programme
According to the 2001 Census, Haringey’s population from BME is almost 49% of the total population; this is the 6th highest population of BME in London. There are 31,313 young people aged 15-24 years residing in Haringey, 15% of the total Haringey population.8987 (28.7%) of these young people are males from BME members.
The Chlamydia screening project is to increase the level of awareness of Chlamydia among young people and in particular BME males aged between 15 - 24 years to facilitate their engagement in the screening programme by taking a test. Other aims include the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) in young people through one to one, peer and small group discussions to initiate behavioural change in their sexual practice; distribution of free condoms; provision of sexual health prevention information and advice; signposting and referring young people to sexual health services in Haringey.
The project's short term outcome would be to achieve the proposed plan, that is, screening test for 4800 BME young people whereas, its medium and long-term outcome would focus in the general well-being of the BME communities through practicing safer sex, as a result of behavioural change.
The Chlamydia Screening programme has been running since 2007 and is funded by Haringey Council. The programme aims to reach Haringey’s diverse communities by screening and educating members of the community about the Chlamydia infection, which is currently the United Kingdoms most common sexually transmitted infection.
Through outreach based work the Chlamydia screening project aims to transmits valuable information about the sexual health issues that most individuals face at some stage in their lives made possible by the support of dedicated volunteers Primarily, we aim to screen 16-24 year olds as this is the age group that is more susceptible to the infection. Current rates of infection have shown that in Men, 20-24 year olds infection rates are high and in women high rates are present in 16-19 year olds.