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The latest figures released by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland show a 13% overall decrease in new diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections. However, within that there was a small increase in new diagnoses of gonorrhoea and infectious syphilis during 2015. The ‘Sexually Transmitted Infection surveillance in Northern…
Scotland Yard made "numerous errors" in its doomed investigation into VIP paedophile allegations, a highly critical report has found. Retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques said the decision to abandon the inquiry should have been taken much earlier. He identified a catalogue of failings in the £2.5 million Operation…
Fewer people are seeking help from dedicated sexual health clinics, new figures show. Last year, 1.26 million people in England sought help from family planning services, community contraception clinics and some young people's advisory centres - a 4% dip on the previous year. The figures from NHS Digital show that…
Deaths from ovarian cancer in the UK dipped by 22% over a decade thanks to widespread use of the contraceptive pill and possibly owing to a decline in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause, scientists have said. In 2002, 7.51 out of every 100,000 women in Britain…
A controversial lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland has been lifted. The decision by Stormont Health Minister Michelle O'Neill comes after a long campaign by gay rights activists and a series of court battles over the contentious prohibition. A similar ban was ended in England, Scotland…
NHS England is to appeal against a High Court ruling that it has the power to commission a drug described as a "game changer" in the fight against HIV/Aids - and could cost it £10-20 million a year. The body argued that providing the drug - pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) -…
A leading Aids charity has won a High Court battle over whether a preventative treatment for HIV which charities say is a "game-changer" can legally be funded by the NHS. NHS England said it had received advice that it does not have the legal power to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP),…
Government guidance on school sex and relationships education policies is out of date and is older than the majority of pupils learning about the subject, the Terrence Higgins Trust said. The guidance for schools in England was written 16 years ago in 2000 - before the advent of social media,…
Ministers are not taking the issue of LGBT sexual health seriously enough, an MP has claimed, as a Government pilot programme to vaccinate gay men against a highly contagious virus was criticised. The Government recently announced a pilot at selected sexual health clinics in England to vaccinate men who have…
Websites and smartphone applications developed by the University of Liverpool are at the forefront of helping healthcare professionals to safely prescribe medications for HIV and hepatitis patients. Developed and maintained by researchers at the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, www.hiv-druginteractions.org and www.hep-druginteractions provide a comprehensive drug interaction resource, which is…
Jeremy Hunt has been urged to give NHS England the power to commission an HIV prevention treatment which could be a "game changer" in stopping the spread of the infection. NHS England has said it will not commission pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adults at risk of contracting HIV on the…
A preventive HIV treatment is taking too long to be made available on the NHS, according to campaigners who are taking the matter to judicial review. National Aids Trust chief executive Deborah Gold said the evidence of the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention has been known for…
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