Sexually Transmitted Infections: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th February 2019.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many tests for sexually transmitted infections have been paid for by the public purse in each year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections administered over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Local authorities pay for sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. In England, the total number of STI tests, paid for by local authorities from 2013 to 2017 is given in the following table.

Further information is available in Public Health England ’s annual STI data tables at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-annual-data-tables

Total number of STI tests, paid for by local authorities from 2013 to 2017:

Years

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Total tests

7,373,761

7,604,000

7,778,264

7,808,902

7,772,537

Notes:

  1. The services provided include STI testing which include tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV. The STI tests were expanded in 2015 to include tests (for herpes simplex virus, hepatitis A/B/C) that were not previously reported via GUMCAD. Therefore, data from 2015 for these STI tests are not directly comparable to data from previous years.
  2. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-annual-data-tables

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