New standards won’t tackle risk taking

New Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) published on Friday are an important step to ensuring consistency of treatment for patients. However there is still a crisis in STIs in the UK, with infections rising across all diseases. Norman Lamb, the Lib Dem health spokesman received the answer to his parliamentary questions back in May 2009 on the latest stats for the under 16s:

STI diagnoses among under-16s have risen by 58% to 3,913 between 2003-7

  • Diagnoses of chlamydia are up 90%
  • Genital herpes are up 42%
  • Genital warts are up by one third

And these are the children we know about – the real numbers will be higher. This has to be one of the greatest failures of our society: that we have presided over this escalation of disease that can not only impact someone physically for life [recurrent infections, infertility, prematurity and low birth-weight or infected babies, the possibility of premature death with HIV and syphilis] but mentaly too. Why are so many people putting themselves at risk?


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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