• Cervical and other genital cancers
  • Hepatitis, chronic liver disease and liver cancer
  • Recurrent genital herpes
  • Bacterial vaginosis and premature delivery
  • Unintended pregnancy and abortions
  • Psychological consequences of sexual coercion and abuse
  • Poor educational, social and economic opportunities for teenage mothers
  • DH, 2001).

So, what is the government responding to? In 2005 was there really a crisis in the sexual health of the nation? To answer these questions perhaps we should briefly examine the statistics provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to give a clear picture of the current status of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy in the UK recently.

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