Partner notification 'best way to reduce chlamydia infection rates'

Partner notification is more effective in reducing the spread of chlamydia than increasing primary screening in men, new research suggests.

A report featured in the British Medical Journal by the University of Bristol shows that two-thirds of partners of those found to have the sexually transmitted infection also have the condition.

In England, 65 per cent of men who had slept with women who tested positive were found to be infected compared to six per cent of those who underwent primary screening in 2008-9.

The findings suggest that more money should be spent on notifying others who may have been exposed to chlamydia as doing so would prove more cost effective.

Lead researcher Dr Katy Turner said: "Partners of infected patients may be up to ten times more likely to be infected than individuals identified through primary screening."

Individuals are advised that using condoms is the best way to prevent contracting chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections.