The town of Basingstoke, England, has broken the Guinness World Record for the highest number of chlamydia screenings in one day. According to The Basingstoke Gazette, 767 people received free testing for the sexually transmitted disease at several different locations on Feb.14.
The campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of chlamydia and other STDs, used the motto "Keep Calm and Get Tested" to recruit individuals.
Testing was done via urine analysis and was carried out at several locations including local universities, a healthcare center and bar.
"Alongside setting a Guinness World Record, we are proud to have played a role in ensuring that so many young people will know more about chlamydia and will receive treatment quickly and effectively," National Health Service official, Ros Tolcher, M.D., told the newspaper.
According to the U.K.'s Health Protection Agency, chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.K., with more than 186,000 new cases diagnosed in 2011. Health officials state that the STD is most common in men and women under the age of 25.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that young Americans are also at an increased risk for contracting the STD. In fact, the CDC estimates that one in 15 sexually active females between the ages of 14 and 19 years old has chlamydia.
Chlamydia is often referred to as a "silent" disease because it is commonly asymptomatic. Women who experience symptoms may have a change in vaginal discharge, mild lower abdominal pain, discomfort when urinating or pain during sexual activity. Men who become infected may experience a discharge from the penis as well as pain or burning when passing urine.
While chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics, cases left untreated can cause serious health problems, especially in women. Potential adverse health effects include infections in the uterus or fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.