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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Children

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to reduce the number of children with sexually transmitted diseases. (199440)

Improving young people's sexual health is a priority for the Government and is being tackled in a number of ways. These include national media campaigns highlighting the benefits of delaying first sex and highlighting the risks of sexually transmitted infections and promoting condom use for those that are sexually active. We have also introduced a national target to offer access to genito-urinary medicine clinics within 48 hours and rolled out the National Chlamydia Screening Programme. These measures will reduce the risk of undiagnosed infection being transmitted to others.