Chlamydia awareness on the rise

A growing number of people are aware of chlamydia, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Data show that 84 per cent of men and 92 per cent of women now know that chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection, up from 35 per cent and 65 per cent respectively in 2000/01.

Nearly a quarter of women have been tested for chlamydia at some stage, with 33 per cent of 16 to 29-year-olds claiming to have been tested during the last 12 months.

However, only 41 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men were able to answer correctly when asked five questions about the symptoms of the infection.

The survey also revealed that 76 per cent of women under the age of 50 were using some form of contraception (, with the pill proving the most popular (27 per cent), followed by condoms (22 per cent).

In addition, 92 per cent of women had heard of the morning after pill and six per cent of women had taken the morning after pill during the year prior to being interviewed.

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