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Scotland gains extra STI funding

The Scottish Government is to spend an extra £1m on improving access to sexual health education and services.

An addition to the £5.8m already allocated for sexual health in the 2007 strategic spending review, the money will help fund specialist and combined sexual health drop-in clinics, particularly in rural areas.
Unveiling the plans last week, Scotland’s minister for public health, Shona Robison, said much still needed to be done to address the rising rate of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy.
A recent survey by the National AIDS Trust found that people in Scotland are the least knowledgeable in the UK about HIV. Just over 20% did not know that unprotected sex between a man and a woman was a way of transmitting the disease.

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