Sexual Health screening available on campus
10 February 09
The School of Health Studies, the Job shop and Students¿ Union, at The University of Bradford have joined forces with the Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (tPCT), in a campaign to raise awareness about the risk of Chlamydia, as part of a national Chlamydia screening programme.
The School of Health Studies, the JobShop and Students¿ Union, at The University of Bradford have joined forces with the Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (tPCT), in a campaign to raise awareness about the risk of Chlamydia, as part of a national Chlamydia screening programme.
Seven students, from the School of Health Studies have been recruited by tPCT staff to be peer educators in the 'Pee in a Pot' campaign and will be closely working with the student population. They have been raising awareness around the campus, offering students the opportunity to self test.
The 'Pee in a Pot' pilot scheme at the University will form a series of national results which will go towards the tPCT target of ensuring 17% of all 15-24 year olds are screened by March 31st 2009.
The risk of Chlamydia infection is highest amongst 18-25 year olds, and is silent so often men and women do not know that have acquired it. Once the peer educators have encouraged students to take the test they will have no further contact with the student to ensure confidentiality - the student is then contacted by a health professional and given their results.
tPCT, Chlamydia Screening Programme Coordinator, Liz Ward said: "The collaboration between the tPCT and the University is a fantastic opportunity to reach students and make screening more accessible for young people. Although we are only early on in the trial we are finding that students are responding to their peers and utilising the opportunity to take the test."
10 February 09
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