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Government fails to meet targets for sexually transmitted infections

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:900
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    One of the architects of England's strategy for sexual health has said that the country faces a crisis in sexual transmitted diseases. In an editorial in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, Professor Michael Adler writes that England has missed every one of the sexual health targets set out in the 1992 report Health of the Nation.

    Diagnoses of chlamydia have risen by 73% in the past five years, with 67 403 cases identified in 2001. In the case of gonorrhoea, the Health of the Nation's target of 49 cases per 100 000 was met in 1997, but the succeeding four years saw a …

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