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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people between the ages of 16 and 25 were treated for a sexually transmitted disease in the last year for which figures are available. (201623)

The number of selected sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in 16 to 24-year-olds in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in England, by age group in 2006 are shown in the following table:

Age group

Sexually Transmitted Infection

16-19

20-24

Uncomplicated chlamydial infection

25,658

38,792

Uncomplicated gonorrhoea infection

3,348

4,934

Primary and Secondary infectious syphilis

100

329

Anogenital herpes simplex—first attack

3,017

5,369

Anogenital warts—first attack

13,973

24,632

Notes:

1. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are for diagnoses made in GUM clinics only. Diagnoses made in other clinical settings, such as General Practice, are not recorded in the KC60 dataset.

2. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are the number of diagnoses made, not the number of patients diagnosed. Individual patients may have more than one diagnosis in a year.

3. The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.

4. Data are not yet available for 2007.

5. Aggregated data are collected in a predefined format and age group can be presented in the above categories.

Source:

Health Protection Agency, KC60 returns

In addition to diagnoses made in GUM clinics, the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) provides screening to asymptomatic people aged under 25 years in England. The following table shows the number of positive chlamydia screens among those aged 16-24 years who were screened for chlamydia as part of the NCSP during the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007.

Age group (years)

16-19

20-24

Numbers positive

8,467

6,599

Note:

The data from the NCSP Core Dataset are for positive chlamydia screens made outside of GUM clinics only and include positive screens made by the Boots pathfinder project.

Source:

The NCSP Core Dataset.