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Sexual Health

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department gave to the Belfast Brook Advisory Centre in each year since its opening; and what the rates of sexually transmitted infections were in Northern Ireland in each year over the same period. (85221)

Information is only available from 1997. Health and Social Services Boards have provided the following funding to Brook in each year since 1997.

£

1997-98

52,702

1998-99

52,596

1999-2000

62,786

2000-01

83,356

2001-02

75,112

2002-03

79,347

2003-04

88,961

2004-05

107,469

2005-06

107,831

In addition the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has provided one-off funding to the organisation as follows.

£

1997-98

nil

1998-99

1,875

1999-2000

10,000

2000-01

6,450

2001-02

9,000

2002-03

4,000

2003-04

nil

2004-05

nil

2005-06

nil

The incidence rates of sexually transmitted infections is not available. However, information is available on the total number of episodes (for selected diagnoses of sexually transmitted infection), seen for care at GUM clinics, in Northern Ireland since 1995. This is shown in the following table.

Calendar year

Number of sexually transmitted infections

1995

2,076

1996

1

1997

1

1998

2,650

1999

3,118

2000

3,504

2001

3,494

2002

3,741

2003

3,873

2004

3,930

2005

4,393

1 Incomplete dataNotes:Figures represent new treatment episodes of sexually transmitted infections occurring in the specified age groups, and not individual people. An individual may have contributed more than one episode of a particular diagnosis and to more than one diagnosis. Selected diagnoses for 1995 are: Postpubertal uncomplicated Chlamydia; Postpubertal uncomplicated gonorrhoea; Infectious syphilis; Anogenital herpes simplex (first attack) and Anogenital warts (first attack). Selected diagnoses and codes for 1998 and onwards are: Uncomplicated genital Chlamydia; Uncomplicated gonorrhoea; Primary and secondary infectious syphilis; Anogenital herpes simplex (first attack) and Anongenital warts (first attack). Source: KC60 return, Genito-Urinary Medicine clinics.