Young men are to be offered chlamydia test kits at football matches and sports clubs to encourage them to check for the sexually-transmitted infection, the Health Protection Agency have said.
The move is part of a drive to increase male screening for the infection, which can cause long-term health problems and infertility.
Chlamydia infection rates have soared in Britain over the last decade, with one in ten people under 25 who are tested found to be positive. But the number of young men having their urine tested for the infection remains low compared to women.
If untreated, chlamydia can cause Reiter’s syndrome, a form of arthritis which causes swelling of the joints, and inflammation of the urethra and the eyes.
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