New clinics planned to tackle STIs

NEW 'one stop' sexual-health clinics could be set up in Suffolk in a bid to tackle increasing rates of sexual diseases in the county, it emerged today.

NEW 'one stop' sexual-health clinics could be set up in Suffolk in a bid to tackle increasing rates of sexual diseases in the county, it emerged today.

Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT) wants to create clinics which offer a larger range of sexual health services as part of its effort to combat a rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and abortions.

Currently patients who need to have STIs diagnosed and treated usually go to a hospital while those wanting contraception or family planning advice go to their GP or a reproductive health clinic.

The PCT hopes to provide the 'one-stop-shops' across the county where people will be able to have diagnosis and treatment of most STIs as well as finding out more about family planning advice and contraception.

PCT deputy director of public health, Dr Amanda Jones, said: “Although Suffolk has relatively good sexual health and some good services, our rates of STIs are rising and there are high rates of teenage conceptions, particularly in more deprived areas.

“The results from the chlamydia screening programme have shown us that one in ten of those tested have a chlamydia infection. This is avoidable and we can help people take more care of their own sexual health with a more co-ordinated service.”

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Between now and the end of January 2008 the PCT will consult on its proposals with the public as well other interested organisations and NHS staff.