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Sexual Health

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual health leads as recommended in the 2001 National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV are employed in primary care trusts and strategic health authorities. (113372)

Most primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs) have a lead for sexual health and HIV, however, exact numbers are still being clarified following the recent re-configuration of the national health service. Details of the employment of these leads are not held by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plan to make an assessment of the effectiveness of its sexual health campaign Condom Essential Wear in reducing sexual transmitted infections for 18 to 24-year-olds. (113373)

We will be evaluating the success of the “Condom Essential Wear” campaign by conducting regular surveys among our target audience to measure campaign awareness and changes in attitudinal and behavioural indicators such as condom usage and attitudes to sex, relationships, contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

We will measure changes in behaviour and attitudes against a benchmark survey carried out in advance of the campaign launch in November 2006.

Increased awareness of STIs and improved technology may lead to more people presenting for testing so decreases in levels of infections may not be seen immediately.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish her Department’s response to the Independent Advisory Group report on sexual health published on 14 December 2006. (113374)

We plan to publish our response to the Independent Advisory Group’s report before the end of March 2007.