JMU Dual Screening Evaluation Report (2009)

UNPUBLISHED: Diagnosis rates of sexually transmitted infections have increased in the UK since the mid 1990s and the total number of new STI diagnoses reported by GUM clinics in the UK in 2008 (including Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, warts and syphillis) was 399,738 and there were 268,109 "other STI diagnoses" (such as recurrent presentations. While HIV and STIs are acknowledged as an important public health problem in the UK, most members of the public do not consider sexual health to be relevant to them . The asymptomatic nature of STIs and public denial means that often diagnosis and treatment for STIs are overlooked. Policy directed at improving accessibility of STI services, promoting HIV testing and wider screening along with the resurgence of STIs has led to the diagnoses and management of STIs being more widely available outside GUM clinics.

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