Sexually transmitted infections

We believe that to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) people need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to negotiate safer sex.

We want everyone to have easy access to information and advice, along with fast and efficient STI testing and treatment services.

Our policy statement on sexually transmitted infections (PDF)


STI news and activities

STI diagnoses decrease, June 2015

Public Health England figures show the total number of new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England in 2014 decreased by 0.3% in 2014, with 439,243 diagnoses.

Committee recommends extension of HPV vaccination programme, November 2014

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine should be offered to men who have sex with men (MSM), between the ages of 16 and 40, at genitourinary medicine (GUM) and HIV clinics.

FPA welcomes the recommendation but will continue to campaign for boys to be offered the vaccine.

HIV figures, November 2012

According to the most recent Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures on HIV there were 6,280 new HIV diagnoses in 2011, taking the total number of people living with HIV in the UK to around 96,000. Although late HIV diagnoses dropped slightly in 2011 (47%, down from 50% in 2010), a quarter of people with HIV remained unaware of their status.

Genital wart rates increase in young women, December 2010

Latest statistics show the highest rates of new diagnoses of genital warts in the UK are in women aged 16–19 years old.

Early Day Motion 1216 supports the introduction of an HPV vaccine that protects young women against genital warts as well as cervical cancer. See if your MP has added their name to it.

Older people and STIs, September 2010

The UK Parliament website has the Minister's answer to a parliamentary question on information available for older people on sexually transmitted infections and contraception.