Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Young People

Health written question – answered on 15th May 2009.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 16 years old were diagnosed with (a) gonorrhoea, (b) chlamydia, (c) syphilis, (d) herpes and (e) genital warts in each of the last five years.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Number of selected sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnosed in genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics and in the National Chlamydia Screening programme (NCSP) in England, in those under the age of 16 for 2003 to 2008 are given in the following table.

STI 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
GUM clinics (under 16 years)
Chlamydia 1,372 1,367 1,315 1,307 1,530 n/a
Gonorrhoea 322 261 230 199 224 n/a
Syphilis 3 3 17 8 6 n/a
Genital herpes 151 142 140 143 215 n/a
Genital warts 574 584 515 617 762 n/a
NCSP (15 years only)
Chlamydia (1)52 283 467 628 1,176 2,020
Notes:

1. Data for 2003 consist of information reported for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 December 2003.

2. Notes on GUM data:

(a) 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.

(b) The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are the number of diagnoses made, not the number of patients diagnosed.

(c) The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.

(d) Data are unavailable for 2008.

3. Notes on NCSP data:

(a) The NCSP has been phased in since 1 April 2003 with all 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) reporting data to the programme since March 2008. Therefore note that numbers of diagnoses have risen substantially as an increasing proportion of the target population have been tested.

(b) NSCP data are presented by PCT of residence and exclude those resident outside of England.

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

(d) The data available from the NCSP are the number of diagnoses made and not the number of patients diagnosed.

(e) Data include chlamydia diagnoses for males, females, and those with unknown/ unspecified sex.

(f) Data presented are based on tests with confirmed positive diagnoses only.

Source:

Health Protection Agency, KC60 returns. NCSP.

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