Improving sexual health

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Public Health England survey finds commissioning of sexual health and HIV services is ‘fragmented’


Provision of sexual health and HIV services has become ‘fragmented’ in England since responsibility for commissioning was split across local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England, a survey by Public Health England has found.

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Community pharmacy-led sexual health services should be commissioned nationally, conference hears


Community pharmacies are ideally placed to be the first port of call for women requiring comprehensive and convenient contraceptive and sexual health services, concluded a discussion at the SalvaDore 2017 annual conference in Birmingham, UK.

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New antibiotic shown to be effective against gonorrhoea superbug

A new class of antibiotic has been found to be effective against Neisseria gonorrhoeae according to researchers from Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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NHS England announces start of three-year PrEP trial


NHS England has announced the start of the trial to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people at high risk of HIV infection in England, in order to gather clinical evidence on optimal targeting, uptake and implementation of PrEP on a large scale.

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Online pharmacy sells emergency contraception for £4.99

Emergency contraception can be bought online in the UK for as little as £4.99.

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Why we should increase access of EHC to women, rather than restrict itSubscription


Barriers, such as a price premium, should be removed to allow easier access to emergency hormonal contraception.

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Gonorrhoea and antibiotics — past, present and future

By John Betts

The problem of dwindling treatment options for gonorrhoea is complicated because there are very few new antibiotics in development. Stewardship of our remaining antibiotic resources is now more urgent than ever.

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