United Kingdom: Shock as Nine Ulster Teenagers Diagnosed With HIV
June 6, 2007
Newly released statistics are prompting worries about the sexual health of Northern Ireland teens. Health Minister Michael McGimpsey reported that of 55 new HIV cases registered in Northern Ireland last year, nine were ages 16-19.
GUM clinics treated 764 persons ages 16-19 for STDs. These patients accounted for nine cases of HIV, 903 cases of chlamydia, 75 cases of gonorrhea, 13 cases of syphilis, 957 cases of genital warts, and 81 cases of genital herpes.
"It is particularly concerning that so many under 16s are being diagnosed with these conditions," said Assembly member David Simpson of Upper Bann. "The number of individuals attending genito-urinary clinics has increased exponentially, with major resource implications for the service. Regrettably the existence of longer waiting lists for patients to be seen at GUM clinics contributes to increased spread of infections." Simpson said, "The key message of abstinence needs to be much more prominent."
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.