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Sexual Health- people with Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are rapidly increasing under Labour’s control:

Cervical cancer link to early sex as sexually transmitted infection, HPV, causes most cases
Thu, 31 Dec 2009- Having sex at an early age can double the risk of developing cervical cancer, a study of 20,000 women suggests.

Chlamydia sexual health testing wasting money
Tue, 17 Nov 2009- Millions of Pounds have been squandered on the national chlamydia sexual health screening programme, a watchdog says.

Postcode lottery for IVF treatment faced by patients
Fri, 30 Oct 2009- Couples seeking IVF infertility treatment in some parts of Scotland are having to wait up to three years longer than those in other areas, it was revealed.

Sex, drugs roll up with labour’s nanny state- teenage pregnancies a real sex scandal
Tue, 4 Aug 2009- The disappointing rise in teeanage pregnancies is the result of a shocking failure of labour’s nanny state policy.

Timebomb of Britons unaware they have HIV
Tue, Jun 23, 2009- Senior doctors accuse the Department of Health of failing to take HIV virus seriously and neglecting to test high risk groups.

HIV and Hepatitis C Blood inquiry condemns commercial priorities which led to thousands of patients being infected
Thu, Mar 5, 2009- An independent inquiry has condemned the procrastination and penny pinching that led to thousands of patients becoming infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from contaminated blood.

Over a quarter of people in UK with HIV unaware of it says HPA
Tue, Dec 02, 2008- Twenty eight per cent of people living with HIV in the UK are unaware they are infected, the Health Protection Agency has said.

Harmful mistakes of sex education in school
Wed, Sep 24, 2008- Judged by its results – sex education has been an utter failure. The increase in sex education here in recent years has coincided with an explosion of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease (STD) far worse than anywhere else in Europe.

Sex virus carried by 1 in 10 girls under 16 years old
Thu 20 Sep 2007- One in 10 girls aged under 16, the age of consent, has a sexually transmitted disease that could lead to cervical cancer, a government agency has found.

Cash crisis hits sexual health STD clinics
Fri 16 Feb 07- Sexual health clinics are struggling to hit labour government targets due to a lack of funding. Despite sexual health being one of the Government’s top NHS priorities, plans are not always implemented on the ground, a new report claims.

Sexual health funds used to cut trust debts
Fri 4 Aug 2006- Millions of pounds intended for improving sexual health services are being diverted to pay off debts, a government advisory group said yesterday. The Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV said that a substantial part of the £300 million set aside had been absorbed by primary care trusts (PCTs).

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)s increases again in 2005
Wed 5 Jul- New figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other conditions diagnosed in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK increased by 3% between 2004 and 2005. Chlamydia remains the most commonly diagnosed STI, with 109,832 new cases in 2005, a 5% increase on the previous year. The highest rates of infection and highest increases in diagnoses were seen for both sexes in the 16 to 24 age group.

Huge rise in STDs prompts sex tests for all on high street

Thu 16 Feb– The number of people with sexually transmitted diseases has soared over the past 10 years, creating a health crisis that threatens to overwhelm the NHS. Cases of Syphilis have risen by 1,400 per cent over the past 10 years, from only 141 cases in 1995 to 2,254 in 2004.

Charities appalled at lack of NHS plans to improve sexual health In England

Thu 19 Jan– A report launched by sexual health charities shows an alarming lack of local NHS planning to improve sexual health in England, despite considerable central Government funding being made available to do so. The report, a review of Primary Care Trust (PCT) Local Delivery Plans 2005-2008, finds that despite the introduction of specific targets to tackle poor sexual health in England, up to half of PCTs fail to mention plans to improve key areas such as faster access to sexual health services.

Sex health campaigns face axe in NHS cash crisis

Thu 15 Dec– Health officials have been told to ignore announcements by ministers that commit to spending millions of pounds on public health threats such as STDs, smoking and obesity as the Department of Health struggles to find money for front-line services.

Sexual care overhaul plea- Report demands extra cash reaches the front line

Fri 9 Dec– Sexual health services need to be radically overhauled because services in many areas are years out of date, a hard-hitting report says. A joint submission to the Department of Health from the NHS Confederation and charity the Terrence Higgins Trust suggests a series of changes for inclusion to the forthcoming white paper on healthcare outside hospitals.

HIV cases continue to increase and rates rise also increases

Fri 25 Nov– The number of people with HIV in the UK has risen by more than 5,000 in a year, statistics show. The Health Protection Agency report found that HIV cases stood at 58,300 last year – up from 53,000 in 2003.

STD epidemic overwhelming Britain’s sexual health service

Wed 19 Oct– How the STI epidemic is overwhelming Britain’s sexual health service- a screening card for sexual transmitted infections. In the next few months the government is due to unveil a £50 million advertising campaign warning of the dangers of unsafe sex – the biggest sexual health campaign since the portentous 1986 “Don’t Die of Ignorance” initiative. It’s long overdue.

Sex health crisis swamps clinics

Wed, April 6- The true scale of Britain’s sexual health crisis is revealed today in a report showing that two-thirds of clinics are turning away patients because they cannot cope with demand for treatment.

Syphilis crisis continues as sex diseases double

Wed, March 23– Senior MPs warn of a crisis in sexual diseases among the young with the prospect of a 50% rise in cases within the next three years. A report by the House of Commons Health Select Commitee reveals that the number of people attending clinics for diseases ranging from chlamydia to gonorrhoea has more than doubled in 10 years

Reid delivers crisis alert on sex disease:

Sexually transmitted disease is reaching “epidemic proportions” amongst young women and requires a government response on the scale of the 1980s’ Aids warnings, says John Reid the Health Secretary.

He pointed in particular to soaring levels of Chlamydia which can rob women of their fertility. One in ten young, sexually active young women is now infected, and the past six years have seen a 139 per cent rise on the disease.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph which was published on November 21st Mr Reid said ” We need to alert people to this danger- to bring it out of the closet and put it in front of everybody and not be embarrassed about it.”

We need to run a campaign of information which tells people of the terrible consequences of irresponsible sexual behaviour and of transmitted sexual diseases. It should be of the measure of the HIV- aids campaign. That was very effective- it changed people’s behaviour.

This is now reaching epidemic proportions. I think the response of any reasonable government has to be on the scale of the response to Aids.”

The White Paper on public health promised more action to prevent the advance of Chlamydia included the fast tracking of a national screening programme.

Mr Reid was further quotes as saying ” This is a huge problem for us and it’s growing. Chlamydia has no symptoms in many cases, but it is a vast reservoir of stress and anguish further down the line- not least because of the terrible consequences of infertility.”

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