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Bexley not meeting national chlamydia targets

PUBLISHED: 14:06 28 November 2012

Sexual health services in Bexley borough are not meeting national targets for testing young people for chlamydia, according to a council report.

It said local testing and treatment options for young people are limited as Bexley does not have a sexual health clinic offering the full range of services.

Residents need to travel to Woolwich, Dartford or London to get tested for any sexual transmitted infections (STI) other than chlamydia.

Robbie Currie, Bexley’s sexual health commissioner, said: “It’s concerning that people have to travel to use some services.

“Historically Bexley has never had a STI clinic with the full range of services.”

Mr Currie said sexual health services do not have the financial resources to keep up with national targets for testing chlamydia in 15 to 24-year-olds.

He added that if there was more money the service could focus on awareness campaigns in schools, increased access to condoms and innovative STI testing and treatment

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