Drop in sexually transmitted diseases in England
"We're finally beginning to see a slowing down in the rates of infections, particularly among young people, showing that the time and money that has been put into sexual health, and in particular chlamydia screening, in recent years is starting to pay off."
- Terrence Higgins Trust's Chief Executive, Sir Nick Partridge
For the first time in over a decade there has been a drop in the number of new sexually transmitted infections in England, figures show.
The Health Protection Agency says although the reduction is small - only 1% down from the 424,782 cases diagnosed in 2009 - it is significant and a step in the right direction.
It says increased screening for diseases like chlamydia has helped.
For the first time rates of this disease show no rise and remain stable.