Background/introduction Individuals who test positive for chlamydia are at increased risk of subsequently testing positive. NCSP standards recommend offering re-testing three months after treatment completion. Concerns have been raised that re-testing could undermine prevention messages.
Aim(s)/objectives To elicit young adults’ views on the acceptability, and their preferred method, of being offered re-testing, as well as their reaction to and understanding of re-testing.
Methods We conducted a cross-sectional web-based anonymous survey of 1,218 young adults aged 16–24 resident in England with a history of chlamydia testing. Respondents were recruited through a market research panel, and Likert-scale questions were based on a young adult focus group.
Results The most acceptable and preferred methods of being offered re-testing were being given an appointment with initial test result (75%, 914/1,218 acceptable; 17%, 204/1,218 preferred) and being sent a text message reminder (72%, 875/1,218 acceptable; 20%, 244/1,218 preferred). Most said they would welcome an offer of re-testing (84%; 1024/1,218) and understand why they were offered this (82%, 994/1,218). Most agreed that if they were offered re-testing they would be more likely to complete the course of chlamydia treatment (83%, 1007/1,218) and use condoms with their partner until the test (80%, 970/1,218). Most disagreed that that they would be more likely to have one-night stands (63%, 772/1,218) or discourage their partner to get tested (60%, 735/1,218).
Discussion/conclusion Young adults report they would welcome an offer of re-testing and understand the reasons for being offered this. There was little evidence that it would increase sexual risk behaviour.