Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Free ‘Dual Test’ kits now available for people living in Hertfordshire aged 15 and over

23 June 2022

The Dual Testing campaign was launched on 21 June 2022 to remind people that free and confidential ‘Dual Tests’ for chlamydia and gonorrhoea are available, and that testing for sexually transmitted infections is important to help maintain good sexual health.

Services for Young People (SfYP) has been working closely with Public Health Hertfordshire, Sexual Health Hertfordshire and the Terrance Higgins Trust to develop the campaign resources, promotional materials and to implement Dual Testing for young people in Hertfordshire.

Dual Testing is an easy and quick self-administered test that will detect both chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Once the test sample is posted back to the lab, if the test is positive, a text message about how to access treatment will be sent within 7-10 days.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Hertfordshire. Anyone who’s sexually active can get chlamydia and/or gonorrhoea and pass it on to others. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause a range of problems including infertility. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, testing numbers have decreased but infection rates have not changed, meaning that some people may have chlamydia or gonorrhoea but aren’t showing symptoms.

Young people aged 16-24 are most at risk of contracting chlamydia or gonorrhoea. SfYP supports young people to understand the importance of regular testing and promoting good sexual health practices such as using condoms to protect against STIs and unplanned pregnancy.

Young people aged 15 or older who are showing no symptoms can get a Dual Test from SfYP Access Point Projects as well as other SfYP projects. Please follow the link below for full details:

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