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The epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom: impact of behaviour, services and interventions

Hughes, G; Field, NM; (2015) The epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom: impact of behaviour, services and interventions. Future Microbiology , 10 (1) pp. 35-51. 10.2217/fmb.14.110. Green open access

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Abstract

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health concern. The United Kingdom (UK) has some of the most advanced STI surveillance systems globally. This review uses national surveillance data to describe remarkable changes in STI epidemiology in the UK over the last century and explores behavioural and demographic shifts that may explain these trends. The past ten years have seen considerable improvements in STI service provision and the introduction of national public health interventions. However, sexual health inequalities persist and men who have sex with men, young adults and black ethnic minorities remain a priority for interventions. Technological advances in testing and a shift in sexual health service commissioning arrangements will present both opportunities and challenges in future.

Type: Article
Title: The epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom: impact of behaviour, services and interventions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2217/fmb.14.110
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/fmb.14.110
Language: English
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Keywords: Sexually transmitted infections, Epidemiology, United Kingdom, Sexual behaviour, Sexual health services, Sexual health interventions
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1450002
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