Patients flood in for chlamydia screening trial

A PHARMACY-BASED chlamydia screening program – which offered young patients $10 to provide a urine sample for testing – has proven a major success, with researchers collecting 900 samples in just one month.

The pilot program, a collaboration between the University of Canberra, Australian National University and ACT Health, was intended to run over six months. 

But the collection phase was declared closed after just one month when researchers met their target, five months early. 

Lead researcher Professor Rhian Parker said she was “astonished” by the results. 

“The lab certainly hadn’t expected all these samples to flood in,” Professor Parker said. 

The pilot program invited people aged 16–30 to present to one of six ACT pharmacies and provide a urine sample for testing, in exchange for $10. Participating pharmacists also received $10 per customer recruited.