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 pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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