Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17 March 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of cases of (a) gonorrhoea and (b) syphilis.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In June 2019, Public Health England (PHE) published a Syphilis Action Plan to improve the detection, surveillance and clinical management of syphilis at the following link:

To reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhoea and syphilis, PHE launched the ‘Protect Against STIs’ health promotion campaign in 2017/18 to promote condom use and positive sexual relationships among 16 to 24-year olds. This campaign can be viewed at the following link:

Additionally, HIV Prevention England has been contracted to deliver a HIV prevention programme aimed at gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men; black Africans; and other groups in whom there is a higher or emerging burden of infection. This programme promotes, among other behaviours, condom use and awareness of STIs including gonorrhoea and syphilis. More information on this programme can be found at the following link:

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