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With the general election over, perhaps the in-coming government can turn its mind to sex.

Following the recent announcement of a 14 per cent rise in new cases of HIV by the public health laboratory service, perhaps ministers will take seriously the need to tackle the rise in sexually transmitted infections in the UK.

With GU Medicine departments reporting significant rises in gonorrhoea and syphilis, It is time the government published its long overdue sexual health and HIV strategy.

In addition, It is time it tackled the funding inequalities in HIV treatment and care ('Equitable strife', 4 January, page 23).

Such inequalities adversely a`ffect the quality of care under-resourced health authorities can offer HIV positive people.

Rod Thomson Chair HIV Commissioners Group (England)