The test for chlamydia for women involves inserting a swab into the vagina. For men it's a urine test or the tip of the urethra can be swabbed. During a routine STI test the doctor or nurse will usually invite you to swab yourself in private. It's probably one of the few medical tests requiring the words 'swab', 'insert' and 'genitals' that is truly No Big Deal. Depending on your results of course.
A mother of a daughter in year 11 who attends the school told The Argus newspaper: "She refused to do it because she felt uncomfortable with it. I didn't know anything about it beforehand and I think the school should have let us know as parents that our children were going to be asked to do this.
"I know the tests were done by the students in the toilets, but I think it's humiliating to ask teenagers in class to do a test for an STI." Should the school have taken the time to inform parents that this would be part of the sex education curriculum? Maybe. But the reaction of some parents shows how vital it is that young adults receive education that demystifies and de-stigmatizes sexual health clinics.
the reaction of some parents shows how vital it is that young adults receive education that demystifies and de-stigmatizes sexual health clinics.
The tests are part of an NHS strategy that other schools in the Brighton and Hove area are participating in. Blatchington Mill released a statement saying: "Research shows that this type of provision does not encourage sexual activity.
"The purpose of this programme is to support young people to start making healthy choices around their health, understand what to expect from screening and help them to engage with local health services, in a supportive environment."