Chlamydia Testing: Not Just For Clinics, But Pubs Too!

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A BBC article highlights an innovative new public health strategy around testing for chlamydia - testing in local bar restrooms!


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Sexually transmitted infection education campaigns try out humor to get the public's attention.

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmissible infections (STI) – particularly so among women and men under the age of 25. This is true in the US and the UK as well as many other countries. As such, public health groups are constantly trying new ways to educate people about their risk and encourage them to get tested.

One notable example in the UK is pub-based chlamydia testing, described in this BBC article, whereby chlamydia testing kits are available in the restrooms of local bars. All people have to do is get the kit, pee in the included cup, put it back in the envelope and indicate how you’d like your chlamydia test results delivered to you (e.g., text, mail or through your healthcare provider).

If free chlamydia testing was available at a bar near you, would you use it? Learn more about chlamydia from the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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