Sexual health testing 'progressed'

Sexual health testing in the UK has improved in the last ten years with regards to access to community-based clinics and those in hospitals remaining open for longer.

That is according to Jason Warriner, clinical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, who made this observation in response to figures from the Health Protection Agency revealing that a total of 482,696 new diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections were reported in 2009 by health centres across the country.

This is nearly 12,000 more cases than were registered in 2008, which suggests that an increasing number of people are electing to be tested.

Mr Warriner noted that although progress has been made in this regard, there is still "a way to go" in making services that provide individuals with advice, condoms and other products more accessible and in sync with Britons' lifestyles, adding that they should be open later in the evenings and on Saturdays throughout the day.