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?