Nearly 30,000 chlamydia cases

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ONE in ten people in Doncaster have chlamydia, a sexual health service has revealed.

The shocking statistic comes just months after it was discovered thousands of people including children as young as 15 were having to receive treatment for sexually transmitted infections through unprotected sex.

The latest figures show that up to a tenth of Doncaster’s 290,000 population, have contracted the disease.

In a bid to tackle the growing problem, staff from Doncaster’s contraception and sexual health service went to induction days held at Doncaster College in the town centre and also at its High Melton base.

The team spoke to hundreds of new students, giving them information on drop-in clinics and the chlamydia screening programme.

They also asked for feedback from the young people on how to promote the new screening campaign before it is launched in October.

Run by Rotherham and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), clinical manager Christina Harrison said the induction days were beneficial for both staff and students.

She said: “The college induction days have given us a great opportunity to talk to students first-hand about their sexual health as they embark on one of the most exciting stages of their lives.

“We hope the ‘freshers’ will take advantage of the free drop-in clinics on the college sites and ensure good sexual health stays at the top of their agenda.”

The Doncaster College and High Melton drop-in clinics are open for an hour every weekday during lunchtime from noon until 1pm.

They are designed to offer students an easy and convenient way to access a wide range of confidential advice about their sexual health, relationships, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, chlamydia testing and contraceptive methods, including free condoms.

The clinic rooms are based on the ground floor, near the refectory, at both colleges.