Increasing incidence of sexually transmitted infections in UK
- By: Kay Brennan
A dramatic increase in sexually transmitted infections in the UK has created a desperate need for more sexual education in schools and specialist clinics for young people according to a new report.
The report, Sexually transmitted infections, from the BMA's board of science and education, says that the number of new episodes of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has doubled in the past decade, with an increase of almost 300 000 cases between 1995 and 2000. This rise is partly attributable to unsafe sexual behaviour among young heterosexual adults and homosexual and bisexual men.
The BMA has called on the government to invest more money in sex education services in schools, enabling school nurses to refer young people to genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics specifically designed for young people. At the moment a shortage in treatment facilities means that as many as one in five people face a delay of 48 hours