Terrence Higgins Trust statement on new Health Protection Agency figures

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The Health Protection Agency has released statistics for new sexually transmitted infection diagnoses in 2010, which show a small decrease for the first time in more than 10 years. Terrence Higgins Trust commented on the new figures:

Chief Executive, Sir Nick Partridge, said: “The decreases in STIs that we saw in 2010 are small, but very significant. We’re finally beginning to see a slowing down in the rates of infections, particularly among young people, showing that the time and money that has been put into sexual health, and in particular chlamydia screening, in recent years is starting to pay off.

“We are at a vital tipping point but, with the national sexual health strategy of the last ten years now expired, Government leadership and local investment are crucial.

“Over four hundred thousand people were treated for an STI in England last year. We need to provide accessible, targeted and community based sexual health services and prevention campaigns if we are to maintain the momentum in bringing these figures down.”

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