YOUNG people in County Durham and Darlington are being encouraged to think about the consequences of chlamydia in a new campaign launched this week.

The campaign, launched by the Durham and Darlington Chlamydia Screening Programme, encourages young people to get tested.

Targeted at people aged under 25, who are at the greatest risk of infection, the campaign will show them the risks of chlamydia and signpost them to the new screening services in their area. Sedgefield Primary Care Trust started a screening programme earlier this month and gave treatment and advice.

People are also being offered a simple test in sexual health clinics or can request a postal testing kit.

Lynn Wilson, for the Chlamydia Screening Programme, said: "The rate of chlamydia has almost doubled in County Durham over the past five years."

To contact the central chlamydia screening service, call 0191-587 6016.