The accessibility of sexual health services in the UK must be improved, the Terence Higgins Trust has said.
The charity concedes that awareness of sexual health testing has improved significantly over the last 10 years, but insists there is “still a way to go”.
“We have moved a great deal forward in relation to accessing sexual health testing, but I think there is still some way to go with taking our services into our community where they need them, so that they are in the heart of communities, and that people know the service actually exists,” said Jason Warriner, clinical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust.
According to Department of Health figures, the number of first-time visits to genito-urinary medicine clinics in August rose to 5,987 per day, compared with 5,863 in July.
“In the past, we did see a big increase in people attending clinics after summer holidays and after the Christmas holiday period as well. That’s now changed so it’s pretty much more even across the whole of the year,” said Mr Warriner.