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STI screening programmes ‘becoming more effective’

26th August 2010

Screening programmes for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK are becoming more effective as patients become increasingly aware of sexual health issues.

This is the view of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), which suggested that an increase in the number of STI diagnoses in recent years demonstrates that it is becoming more "normal" for younger people to have checkups.

According to data released by the Health Protection Agency earlier this week, 482,696 new STI diagnoses were reported last year, compared to 470,701 the year before.

Jason Warriner, clinical director at THT, said this could be linked to the introduction of initiatives targeting people in social venues such as bars and clubs, offering quick and convenient testing.

He added: "This is showing the success of the national chlamydia screening programme – the more people we test, the more we clock up infections, so it's good for stopping onward transmission."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800041198-ADNFCR

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