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Worrying Sexual Health Report On Barnsley

Wednesday April 3 2013


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THE worrying state of sexual health in Barnsley has been revealed in a new report, which shows an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and the re-emergence of syphilis in the town.

A three-year strategy to improve the town's sexual health shows STIs such as genital warts, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are on the rise, the teenage pregnancy is twice the national average in some parts of the borough, and there is a higher-than-average rate of repeat terminations in under-25s.

It was revealed as part of the 'A Call to Action' strategy put together by Barnsley Council's public health team and cases have been blamed largely on young people having unsafe sex.

It goes into detail about how the borough has a higher rate of new sexually transmitted infections cases compared to national and regional averages.

It also says that while under-18 pregnancy rates may have reduced since 1998, it is still higher than regional and national averages.

Other sexually transmitted infections, such as genital warts, remain higher than the Yorkshire and Humber average, and rates of gonorrhoea cases continue to fluctuate, with the 16 to 24 year-old age group accounting for more than 50 per cent of cases.

Syphilis, one of the less common infections in the UK has recently re-emerged.

The report states: "In general, it is likely the continuing high levels of unsafe sexual behaviour have contributed to these overall rises in STIs, although other factors such as increased screening or testing and using sensitive tests have also made a significant contribution."

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Reply Posted by Robbo on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 15:39
I was part of a pilot scheme a few years ago in Barnsley called the C Card. This was to distribute, free of charge, condoms to sexually active teenagers 13+. Like most things that the Council started, funding ended and C Card distributors had to pay for these condoms. There was also the fact that some parents didn't take kindly to condoms been given to their children and said that we were condoning under-age sex. They ignored the fact that they were given to young people known to be in a sexual relationship. Besides the reduction of teenage conceptions, it was also the best deterrent for STI's. But, alas, as always, make cuts without the foresight and suffer the consequences later

Reply Posted by me on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 16:24
Sadly Robbo the youth of today expect everything for nothing, surely we should be trying to educate them in a way that promotes the nuclear family rather than bed hopping in the hope that they won't get caught out!!

Reply Posted by Robbo on Thursday April 4 2013 at 16:18
Sadly, Me, we are now into the fourth generation of expecting everything for nothing. Just ask everyone who works and how much their tax bill is. However, no matter which way we look at it, young people are our future and should be invested in. Young people learn by examples of their nuclear family so need I say more about the current situation