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Conservatives propose compulsory HIV checks for immigrants

The UK Conservative party would enforce a policy of HIV, TB and Hepatitis testing for all non-European migrants if they win the next general election, according to the Tory leader, Michael Howard. However, only those found to have TB would be automatically excluded from entering the country. Immigrants found to have HIV and Hepatitis would have their cases reviewed on an individual basis.

At present, the UK is unusual in not testing for HIV among immigrants. Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada all have stringent testing policies for those wishing to emigrate.


Rising rates of HIV among older generation being ‘ignored’

The levels of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among people over 45 are on the increase, but are being ignored by most sexual health experts according to new book published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press this week.

Statistics compiled by both the CDC in the US and the HPA in the UK have demonstrated a steady rise in prevalence among older people for a number of years, but as yet, very little has been done to address the problem.


DoH to announce plans for new STI clinics in pharmacies

The Department of Health is set to announce plans for a range of Sexual Health screening services to be provided in high street pharmacies according to The Daily Mirror newspaper. Pregnancy testing, contraception and STI screening are all expected to be made available in branches of Boots and other pharmacies as part of the government’s drive to lower STI rates and cut waiting times at Family Planning and Sexual Health clinics.


Teachers give full support to more detailed sex education

An impressive 98% percent of UK teachers believe that young people should be taught about contraception at school according to a new poll carried out by the Times Educational Supplement.

The survey, which sought to gain the opinions of 700 teachers around the UK, also discovered that 82% of younger teachers (74% overall) would be happy to tell pupils that being gay or lesbian was nothing to be ashamed of.