NEWS

The future of sexual health policy in Britain looks set to be back on the political agenda with the expected publication of the government's sexual health strategy in July. Four years ago, during the last general election campaign, Labour announced plans to look at both education and treatment issues. It is now believed that the document is with ministers and will be made public next month, followed by a consultation exercise. HIV charities have been pushing for the strategy to be published urgently, highlighting the recent rise in HIV cases. In 2000 more than 3,400 contracted the virus in the UK - a rise of 14 per cent on 1999.