The government's long-delayed sexual health and HIV strategy will appear next month as a consultation paper. Michael Adler, professor of genito-urinary medicine at Royal Free and University College medical school, who has led the steering group drawing up the strategy, told HSJ that a roll-out of chlamydia screening - currently being piloted - 'would be an important part of the strategy'. Professor Adler said the strategy's objectives would be wide-ranging, covering individuals' access to the knowledge and skills necessary for good sexual health as well as best practice on commissioning services.

MPs pressed public health minister Yvette Cooper to release the strategy at a Commons adjournment debate on AIDS last week.