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P163 Young adults’ views of being offered re-testing for chlamydia after a positive result: results of a 2014 online survey
  1. Thomas Hartney1,
  2. Paula Baraitser2,
  3. Kate A Folkard1,
  4. Kevin Dunbar1,
  5. Anthony Nardone1
  1. 1Centre for Infectious Disease Control and Surveillance, Public Health England, London, UK
  2. 2Sexual Health Research Group, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK


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.

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