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Chlamydia screening in an early pregnancy unit
  1. Anjella Balendra1,
  2. Pippa Oakeshott1,
  3. Kevin Hayes2,
  4. Timothy Planche2,
  5. Phillip E Hay2
  1. 1 Population Health Research Institute, St George's University of London, London, UK
  2. 2 St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anjella Balendra, St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK; anjella.balendra{at}

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A recent Australian paper suggests that chlamydia screening in pregnant women aged <25 may be cost-effective.1 However, chlamydia testing may not be implemented routinely during antenatal care, and there remains controversy about the relationship of chlamydia in pregnancy with adverse pregnancy outcome.2

In October 2015, we conducted a service evaluation pilot in pregnant women attending the early pregnancy unit (EPU) at St George's NHS Trust to explore the prevalence of chlamydia and the acceptability of providing self-taken vaginal swabs.

Consecutive women attending …

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  • Handling editor Jackie Cassell.

  • Contributors AB is a GPST3 and Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care. PO is academic supervisor to AB. PEH designed the service evaluation pilot; AB collected the data and analysed it. Both AB and PO drafted and revised the paper and all authors approved the final version. AB is a guarantor.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement A complete breakdown of the data is available to anyone who would find it useful. Please contact AB.