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Sexually transmitted infections rates down.

RATES of sexually transmitted infections in Wales have reduced substantially in the past two years, it has been revealed.

Data for the first six months of 2016 show falls in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea, and HIV compared to the same period for 2014.

Numbers of new diagnoses of HIV decreased by 50%, those of syphilis decreased by 31%, and those of warts and gonorrhoea decreased by 12%.

Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, said she was pleased with the progress but said Wales "cannot be complacent".

She has announced that Public Health Wales will now carry out a comprehensive review of sexual health services in Wales, which she anticipates will begin early in 2017, and which will look at the population risks, needs, and the service delivery model for integrated sexual health services. It follows an announcement that an independent HIV expert group will be established in Wales.

The group will review the evidence of the effectiveness of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drugs in HIV prevention and the implications for the acquisition of other sexually transmitted infections.

She said: "Evidence has emerged that HPV immunisation is likely to provide protection against a range of cancers which may be more commonly seen in men who have sex with men."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 25, 2016
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