In response to the Health Protection Agency’s statistics on HIV and sexual health and the government’s announcement of £300m funding for sexual health, Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust said:
“These statistics come as no surprise to anyone working in sexual health. The Government has finally made sexual health a priority and not a moment too soon. We’re delighted to see the Government has put its money where its mouth is, but we need to make sure that money made available nationally actually gets spent where it is so desperately needed locally. Experience tells us that unless the money is carefully monitored, Primary Care Trusts may use it for other purposes.
“The good news is that we know how to tackle the UK’s appalling sexual health. We must modernise sexual health services to make it easier for people to test for infections and get treated. We must harness the contribution the voluntary sector can make through innovative partnerships.
“Lastly, we need integrated plans across all government departments to improve sex education and make it compulsory, reduce social exclusion and tackle stigma and discrimination through better policy and legislation.”