Marie Stopes comments on STI statistics
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Helen Jenkins, Contraception and Sexual Health Specialist, from Marie Stopes International said:
"We are extremely concerned about the reported rise in the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. It is clear that some young people are not fully aware of the prevalence of STIs and how they can protect themselves against getting one.
"We fear that STI rates may continue to rise, particularly among young people, without increasing access to comprehensive sex and relationships education in all British schools.
"Many teachers tell us that they don't have the confidence or information to teach sex and relationships education effectively, despite knowing that many of their students are sexually active.
"For sexually active couples, the most effective way to prevent STI transmission is to use a male or female condom."
Notes to editor
All women who come to our centres are offered Chlamydia testing with one in 12 returning a positive result. Left undiagnosed, Chlamydia can lead to infertility in women.
Marie Stopes International also provides a full range of STI testing across its centres.
Marie Stopes International
Marie Stopes International is Britain's leading independent sexual and reproductive health provider, delivering services to more than 100,000 clients across nine centres each year.
Marie Stopes is a not-for-profit organisation working to ensure that men and women can plan their family and have the information, tools and treatments to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.
Internationally, we deliver family planning and sexual healthcare to more than six million people each year in 43 countries. For more information, please visit our website www.mariestopes.org.uk
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PRESCRIPTIONS 31 July 2003
2002 PRESCRIPTION STATISTICS PUBLISHED
National Statistics on NHS prescriptions in 2002 were published today
in a Department of Health Statistical Bulletin.
The bulletin Prescriptions dispensed in the community, Statistics for
1992 to 2002:England covers all prescriptions dispensed in the
community and provides information by leading therapeutic categories,
details of the number and cost of free prescription items (e.g. for
children and young people and elderly people) and information on
generic prescribing. The bulletin also shows trends in dispensing
The key findings for 2002 are:
The net ingredient cost of all prescriptions dispensed was #6,847
million, an increase of 11.9 per cent or 8.5 per cent in real terms
on 2001 617 million prescription items were dispensed, an increase of
5.1 per cent on 2001
The average Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) per prescription item was
#11.10, an increase of 6.5 per cent or 3.2 per cent in real terms on
There were on average 12.5 prescription items per head of population
compared to 11.9 in 2001; this varies significantly with age
85.7 per cent of all prescription items dispensed were free to
patients, a slight increase on 2001 (85.4 per cent)
76 per cent of all prescription items were written generically, and
increase from 74.1 per cent in 2001
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) is the headline price of a drug before
discounts and excludes dispensing costs and fees.
2. Department of Health Statistical Bulletin: Prescriptions dispensed
in the community; England 1992-2002, is available from the Department
of Health, PO Box 777, London, SE1 6XH, free of charge. It is also
available on the internet at:
3. The Prescription Cost Analysis 2002 booklet giving details of the
number of items dispensed and their net ingredient cost by individual
preparation was published in May 2003. It is available priced #12 at
the address given in note 1 or on the internet free of charge at