Chlamydia tests at Teesside summer events

Sexual health teams will be out and about on Teesside in a bid to tackle a common sexually transmitted infection.

Staff from NHS Tees will be offering Chlamydia tests to 15 to 24-year-olds at festivals and events across the region during the summer.

The aim is to make the screening service more accessible.

Chlamydia often goes undiagnosed because it usually has no symptoms, but left untreated it can cause complications such as infertility.

Events attended by healthcare workers include Stockton's Summer Vibe, the Riverside Fringe Festival and the Tall Ships event in Hartlepool.

Chris Walton, events co-ordinator for integrated sexual health service for NHS Tees, said: "Chlamydia affects one in 10 young people on Teesside so we are urging any young people who are sexually active to get tested and rule it out.

"If you see our team at an event please come and have a test, it involves filling out a form and providing a urine specimen."

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