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World record attempt to get 2,000 tested for chlamydia
11:12am Thursday 14th February 2013 in Health
YOUNG people across Hampshire are being urged to ensure they don’t give the wrong gift this Valentine’s Day with a very unique world record bid.
Health bosses in the county are on a mission to break a Guinness World Record today by getting more than 2,000 people aged under 25 to get tested for chlamydia.
It comes just 24 hours after the Daily Echo joined forces with Solent NHS Trust to launch the Stay Calm and Get Tested campaign to help slash the number of young people getting infected.
As revealed yesterday, latest figures have revealed that those testing positive for the infection is set to soar over the next 12 months. Within just five months 1,331 people tested positive in Hampshire and Southamp-ton, compared to nearly 2,000 during the previous 12 months.
Today teams will be at various locations handing out a free testing kit, which will involve giving a urine sample that they hand back to the screening team.
Rebecca Perrin, chlamydia lead nurse at Solent NHS Trust, said: “The Keep Calm and Get Tested World Record attempt aims to have a bit of fun on the world’s most romantic day of the year while sharing a serious message – encouraging young people to get tested for chlamydia.
“If you are sexually active, you should be tested for chlamydia each year or every time you change your partner.” The Sexual Health team will be at the Solent University, East Park Terrace and University of Winchester between 10am and 5pm and at Yates’s, in Southampton, between 9pm and noon.
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