The prevalence of STIs and the effectiveness of STD testing clinics are important issues in UK healthcare. Recent data has shown that there is work to do in both areas. Public Health England issued a report in October 2016 outlining the impact of STIs and their increase in 2015. Overall, the total number of new STI diagnoses did decrease. This equated to a 3% decrease in around 435,000 cases, making London on-par with New York City’s STD rates.
This is largely due to a decrease in STD testing for genital warts, HPV, and chlamydia. However, there are concerns over the correlation between reduced accessibility to testing and positive diagnoses. Chlamydia remains a … Read the rest