The London Assembly has launched an investigation into the level of sexually
transmitted infections amongst London’s youth.
The capitcal has the highest rate of STIs in the country, with one in
young women infected with chlamydia and mayor
syphilis over the past three years. During the course of their investigations
Assembly members will investigate
- The types and rates of sexual infections among young people in
- Young people’s access to sexual health clinics
- How sexual health services for young people could be improved
- How sexual
health education and advice are provided and how they could be improved
Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the Health and Public Services Committee said: "The
increase in the number of young people in London with sexual infections has
risen at an astonishing rate during recent years. It is important that we get
a grip on the extent of the problem.
We need to find out why rates of levels of STIs are increasing at such a rate,
what problems are faced by young people in accessing sexual health services
and how effective sex education is in our schools. The committee will be requesting
information from the Department of Health, the NHS and the voluntary sector.
We also hope to hold a consultation event on sexual health where we will hear
first hand the experiences of young people."