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HIV 'shyness' marks knowledge gap
When it comes to talking about HIV, shyness can be a barrier to useful knowledge.
50% of men 'infected with HPV'
A study has found that 50% of men are carrying a sexually-transmitted virus which has links to cancer.
Experts call for genital warts jab
The Government should vaccinate against genital warts as part of the school-based jabs initiative, according to sexual health experts.
Cuts risk teenage pregnancy rise
Sustained commitment and investment in contraceptive services alongside improved sex and relationships education is needed to prevent teenage pregnancies from rising again, experts have said.
EU funds NI sexual health clinics
Funding from the European Union's INTERREG IVA programme has led to the number of sexual health clinics available in the North West of Northern Ireland double.
Sexual health service launched
A sexual health outreach service has been launched in a college in a bid to offer advice to young people.
Yuletide sexual health alert issued
People living in the North West are being urged to look after their sexual health during the festive period.
Over 25% of HIV cases are untested
More than 25% of people with HIV are undiagnosed, according to research.
New cervical cancer test developed
Scientists have developed a new cervical cancer test, claiming it could help save thousands of women's lives.
Safe sex message going unheard
Teenagers and young adults in the UK are still not getting the message when it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a new study has revealed.
Wales to cut teenage pregnancies
The Welsh government has set aside £450,000 to fund a scheme designed to cut the high rates of teenage pregnancies in parts of the country.
Study shows STI risks in overweight
New research has suggested that young women who are overweight face a significantly higher risk of developing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) compared with young women who are slim.
Smear tests 'could be replaced'
Girls who have the cervical cancer jab may not need to undergo smear testing in later life, a health expert has said.
Online safe sex campaign launched
NHS Bristol has launched an online interactive safe sex campaign mainly targeted at young men.
Pill scheme horrified people: MP
A Conservative MP has told the Commons that an Isle of Wight scheme allowing girls as young as 13 to gain access to the contraceptive pill has left people "horrified".
PCT defends contraception scheme
NHS Isle of Wight has defended an initiative which gives girls as young as 13 access to the contraceptive pill without their parent's knowledge.
Sexual health services 'improving'
The UK's sexual health services have improved significantly in the last decade, but efforts still need to be made to improve their accessibility, according to experts.
Teenagers to get Pill from chemists
Pharmacies on the Isle of Wight are trialling a controversial scheme allowing them to supply the contraceptive Pill to girls aged 13 and over.
Teachers struggle with sex lessons
About 80% of teachers in England do not feel confident enough to discuss sex education with their students, a study has revealed.
STI tests 'must target under-25s'
The focus of testing for the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia needs to shift towards under-25s, the Scottish Government has urged.
New body gel prevents pregnancy
A new contraceptive gel has been developed that could offer an alternative to the Pill.
Bisexual teens 'at higher STD risk'
Teenagers who have same-sex partners are more likely to be at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to new research.
'Jade Goody effect' wearing off
Doctors fear that the "Jade Goody effect" may be wearing off after it was revealed the number of women getting tested for cervical cancer has fallen.
Gay men's sexual health discussed
A conference in Glasgow is focusing on the sexual health of gay men, especially issues relating to sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.
Addict gets cash for vasectomy
A controversial US project has paid for a drug addict to become sterilised.
Test could warn of early menopause
A genetic test could in future warn women that they are going to go through early menopause, research has shown.
Revellers to take chlamydia tests
Revellers in Lincoln can look after their sexual health this weekend with the help of a charity.
Scheme warns over teenage pregnancy
A number of young mothers are going back into the classroom as part of a peer-led education programme warning against the consequences of teenage pregnancy.
Abortion ban 'damages NI women'
Pro-choice campaigners say laws forcing women from Northern Ireland to travel to England for an abortion must be changed.
All-Ireland abortion summit to open
Health professionals from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will gather at the first all-Ireland conference on abortion and clinical practice to discuss current issues.
Chlamydia testing campaign launched
A chlamydia testing campaign has been launched by NHS Western Cheshire to raise awareness of the sexually transmitted infection.
Carr drives Brighton HIV charity
Comedian Alan Carr has become a patron of The Sussex Beacon, a charity that supports people who are HIV positive.
HIV tests available at Marie Stopes
Marie Stopes International will provide HIV screening at its nine centres in the UK.
Launch of cancer check prompt app
The latest weapon in the fight against the deadly breast cancer disease is an iPhone application aimed at encouraging women to check for symptoms.
HIV 'may increase in Edinburgh'
Edinburgh could be facing an HIV ticking time bomb according to medical experts, as new evidence suggests that there could be as many as 100 new cases every year for the next decade.
NHS trust launches STI campaign
An NHS trust has launched a new campaign to encourage young people to be tested for sexually transmitted infections.
Exercise 'reduces womb cancer risk'
The risk of developing womb cancer can be reduced by keeping active, a new study claims.
'First-time mothers are older'
Women are having children later than ever before, as careers, finances and relationship issues disrupt their maternal plans, according to research.
Call over sexual concerns questions
Clinicians could recognise a range of health problems at an early stage by routinely asking patients if they have any sexual concerns, according to the British Society for Sexual Medicine (BSSM).
Scotland's HPV jab rate hailed
The Scottish Government has described statistics on the percentage of schoolgirls having injections to help protect them from cervical cancer as "very encouraging".
Essex teens to get sent STI test
Thousands of 18-24 year olds from Essex will receive Chlamydia self-testing kits in the post.
UK to double aid for poor countries
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has revealed that the UK will double the aid it sends to improve maternal health and child mortality in poorer countries.
Haringey youth workers praised
Personal Advisers (PAs) at a Haringey-based drop-in centre have been praised for the thorough advice they give to young people who come to them looking for help.
Concern over school antenatal plans
Plans to hold antenatal clinics in schools to support pregnant teenagers would only increase the problem, critics have said.
Students urged to have safe sex
Students across the UK are being reminded of the importance of using condoms to protect against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
UK youth not using contraception
Contraception is not being used by one in four young people in the UK having sex with a new partner, a survey has revealed.
HIV numbers up 60% in UK since 2005
An additional 4,600 people will seek treatment for HIV in 2011, according to an official forecast given to MPs.
Innovative HIV treatments unveiled
New innovative HIV treatment is being developed which could transform the way people manage the condition long term.
Pharmacy provides chlamydia tests
A pharmacy in Tavistock is attempting to tackle one of the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases among young people.
JLS launching safe sex crusade
In an effort to promote safe sex, British boyband JLS are launching a range of condoms - called Just Love Safe - in collaboration with Durex.
Sex education 'should be mandatory'
Sex and relationship education should be compulsory in schools in a bid to tackle teenage pregnancy rates, a Labour MP has said.
Computers 'improve sexual health'
Interactive computer programmes are useful in tackling gaps in sexually transmitted infections knowledge, a study has found.
Half of pregnant teenagers abort
Teenage pregnancies in Wales end in abortion in over half of cases, according to new figures.
Young women hit by STI increase
Nearly half a million new cases of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) were diagnosed in the UK in 2009, according to Health Protection Agency (HPA) figures.
Big drinkers 'have more abortions'
Abortions and the need for emergency contraception are more likely among women who drink to excess than those who remain within safe alcohol limits, research has claimed.
Pupils get goodie bags with condoms
Condoms and chlamydia tests have been handed out to pupils collecting their A-Level results at a school in Northamptonshire.
Studies 'unaffected by student sex'
Sexual education programmes which link teenage sex to negative outcomes may need to be rethought, research has suggested.
Long-term contraception encouraged
Females between the age of 13 and 25 living on the Isle of Wight are to be encouraged to use long-term contraception, under a new initiative involving a third of the island's pharmacies.
Teenager leads sex education calls
A teenager is leading calls for parliament to debate a Sex Education Bill.
Vasectomy ads hit Ireland's pubs
A cheeky advertising campaign for vasectomies is to be rolled-out throughout Ireland following a successful launch in Dublin.
Marie Stopes advert claims rejected
More than a thousand complaints about the first UK television commercial for abortion services have been rejected by the advertising watchdog, it has been announced.
More teenagers on the pill - data
Five times as many 11-12-year-old girls have been prescribed the contraceptive pill than 10 years ago, according to the General Practice research database.
Festival teams tackle chlamydia
Teenagers and young people on Teesside have the chance to check their sexual health while enjoying festivals in the region this summer.
Female fertility 'may be evolving'
Natural selection may help older women to have babies later in life, according to new research.
Bid to improve family planning
The UK Government is to focus on family planning in developing countries in a bid to reduce the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth, it has been announced.
HIV test may become routine at A&Es
Adults who visit hospital casualty departments may soon be offered an HIV test as routine.
Laws 'failing to prevent' FGM in UK
As many as 2,000 British schoolgirls will be genitally mutilated on behalf of family members during the summer holidays, the Observer has claimed.
18% of girls pregnant by 18: DoE
A new Government survey has revealed that almost one in five girls in England say they had been pregnant at least once by the time they were 18.
Protection for sexual health urged
Sexual health campaigners have urged the Government to protect the sector after last week's NHS white paper made no mention of where it would sit in reform plans.
Female sexual health checker online
Women seeking sexual health advice online can now use NHS Direct's new confidential health and symptom checker.
'Morning-after' pill myths remain
Most women do not know they can buy the "morning-after" pill without a prescription and many remain concerned about its effects, according to a national study in Australia.
Vaginal gel 'is Aids breakthrough'
A vaginal gel has been developed in the US which can block the Aids virus, scientists have said.
Fans urged to be sure of HIV status
Football supporters recently returned from the World Cup in South Africa have been urged by doctors to have their HIV status tested if they had unprotected sex during their holiday.
Scientists uncover sperm gene link
Researchers in the US have discovered that a gene called Boule has been uniquely required for sperm production in animals ranging from sea urchins to humans for 600 million years.
Cancer jab helps more than expected
More cases than expected of cervical cancer could be prevented through the use of a new jab, according to research.
Gay men warned of aggressive STD
An aggressive form of chlamydia is becoming increasingly widespread among the gay community, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has warned.
STI 'Testival' heads to Bristol
A leading sexual health charity has launched a campaign aimed at reducing the number of cases of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the South West.
Africans invited to football event
African men living in London have been invited to take part in a football tournament that gives them an opportunity to learn new ways to stay healthy.
Reduced fertility 'boosts sex life'
Women approaching the age where fertility levels reduce may begin to display a heightened sex drive, according to new research in the US.
Compulsory sex education rejected
A plan to make sex education in primary-age academy schools compulsory has been rejected by the House of Lords.
New target for anti-herpes drugs
A key piece of the herpes virus "cell-entry machinery" has been mapped out by scientists and can be used as a target for antiviral drugs, it has been reported.
Vaccine protects women against HPV
A vaccine is protecting females between the ages of 12 and 26 from four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause genital warts, research has shown.
STD link to impotency drug users
Men who take drugs for sexual potency are three times more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) than those who do not, according to a study in the US.
Training to spot domestic violence
Sexual health workers will be among more than 5,000 NHS staff in Scotland to receive training to identify domestic abuse victims and encourage them to talk about their ordeal, it has been announced.
NHS trust wins youth appeal award
A North Tyneside NHS sexual health centre that has made its services more young people friendly has won an award for its work.
Experiment pill may treat fibroids
An experimental "morning after" pill could free millions of women in the UK from the misery of fibroids, new research suggests.
Blood test 'can predict menopause'
Women may be able to find out when they will go through the menopause with a simple blood test, according to a new study.
'No foetal pain' before 24 weeks
There is no reason to change the current abortion limit because the human foetus cannot feel pain before the age of 24 weeks, health experts have said.
Some men suffer from 'menopause'
The male menopause is no myth and really does afflict some men as they age and suffer a drop in testosterone, scientists have confirmed.
Call for sex ed for five year olds
A health watchdog has said that children as young as five should be given lessons in sex and relationships.
Weight linked to pregnancy rates
Single women who are obese have a higher chance of an unplanned pregnancy than those who are normal weight, new research has claimed.
Chlamydia test numbers show rise
The number of people under the age of 25 being tested for the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia has jumped by almost half in a year, new figures have shown.
Recession drives down birth rate
The recession may have been behind an uncharacteristic fall in the birth rate in England and Wales last year, research has suggested.
Fewer abortions in 2009 than 2008
Fewer women in England and Wales underwent abortions in 2009 than in 2008, official figures have shown.
Call for morning-after pill access
The morning-after contraceptive pill should be given to young women to keep at home for occasions when they might need it, a watchdog has said.
STI 'testival' for Oxford students
A sexual health charity has called on students in Oxford to take advantage of the 'fastest' STI clinic in the UK in a bid to reduce STI diagnoses in the area.
Students choose contraceptive pill
A study has found that 80% of female university students in the US prefer to use pre-planned contraceptive methods such as the pill that are not administered at the time of sexual activity.
Fury over banned abortion advert
The charity behind a television advertisement for abortion services has criticised laws preventing its broadcast in Northern Ireland.
First UK TV abortion ad to be aired
The first UK television commercial for abortion services will be screened next week, it has been announced.
Smallpox vaccine 'slowed Aids'
Vaccinations for smallpox that were phased out during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as the disease was eradicated, could have helped to slow the spread of HIV and Aids, experts have discovered.
Female soldiers told to use condoms
More than 100 British servicewomen on the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan have been sent home over a six-year period after falling pregnant, figures have revealed.
Men only sexual health clinic opens
Gay and bisexual men in Sheffield are being offered a new health drop-in service where they can receive tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
Text message targets binge drinking
A text messaging campaign targeting binge drinking and drink-fuelled sexual assaults has been rolled out in Scotland.
World Cup fans warned on STI danger
A charity has warned that football supporters risk picking up sexually transmitted infections during the World Cup if they drink too much alcohol.
Student adviser praised by trust
Solihull NHS Care Trust has praised a student welfare adviser for her work in promoting safe sex among the youth community.
Make HIV tests routine - consultant
Patients should be routinely tested for HIV in hospitals in a bid to combat the rising rates of the sex infection, a leading Birmingham consultant has said.
Chlamydia-induced arthritis treated
A combination of antibiotics has been found to successfully treat arthritis caused by chlamydia, raising hopes of a cure.
Sex education changes are 'urgent'
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has called for "urgent" improvements to help teachers feel more confident about delivering sex education lessons.
HPV screening 'superior to smears'
Women over 30 could have more efficient and less frequent cervical cancer checks if doctors switched from using smear tests to employing potentially more accurate human papillomavirus (HPV) tests, experts have said.
School trip in tour of STD clinic
Pupils from Great Yarmouth have bucked the school trip trend of visiting a museum or nature reserve in favour of a tour of an NHS sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic.
HIV in UK 'diagnosed too late'
Sexual health experts have warned that people in the UK who have HIV are being diagnosed too late and could be passing the infection on to others for as long as 10 years.
Premature survival rate 'no better'
Survival rates for very premature babies in the UK have not improved for the last 15 years, a study has claimed.
New sex advice show for teenagers
Teenagers are to have their own sex advice show which will be screened on Channel 4.
Aberdeen sexual health clinic opens
A sexual health charity is to set up a new clinic in Aberdeen offering free and confidential advice.
Contraceptive implant figures soar
New figures have revealed a significant increase in the number of young women choosing to have contraceptive implants in Leicester over recent months.
Kiosk hands out condoms to shoppers
Shoppers in Hull will be able to pick up free Chlamydia testing kits and condoms at a shopping centre kiosk.
Data shows abortion clinic requests
New data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed four health trusts in England have requested licences to carry out early abortions in GP surgeries.
Teenage sex campaign relaunched
A campaign to tackle Nottingham's teenage pregnancy rate has been relaunched in a bid to remind people of its work.
New sex education scheme launched
A new scheme has been launched in Scotland whereby teenagers can give sex education lessons to younger children.
More frequent Chlamydia tests urged
Every time a woman has a new sexual partner she should get herself tested for chlamydia even if her previous test was just a few months previous, researchers have said.
Cameron backs abortion limit change
Conservative Party leader David Cameron has called for the time limit for abortions to be cut to "20 or 22 weeks".
Contraception advert restricted
A radio advert featuring two women discussing the Pill and an IUS (intra-uterine system), along with a young couple talking about an implant, has been banned from being broadcast when under-16s are likely to be listening.
Chlamydia risk higher among men
Men who opt to take a chlamydia test have been found to be twice as likely to carry the infection as women.
Condoms 'attractive short-term fix'
A Catholic leader has described arguments backing condom distribution in poor countries as "attractive".
'Sexual health should be discussed'
A sexual health awareness website in the US has launched a new campaign aimed at drawing attention to the problem affecting an ever increasing amount of the population.
Pill fights recurring ovarian cysts
Women who take the Pill could be protected against ovarian cysts, a new study has suggested.
Gonorrhoea feared as next superbug
New methods need to be found to treat gonorrhoea before it becomes a "superbug", experts have said.
Campaign helps lower pregnancy rate
An education campaign designed to teach teenagers about healthy relationships has helped reduce the level of teenage pregnancies in Haringey.
Pharmacies to offer chlamydia test
Local pharmacies in the area within Solihull NHS Care Trust will offer greater access to chlamydia testing, it has been revealed.
Home-based STI testing 'popular'
Three-quarters of women in the US prefer to take chlamydia or gonorrhoea tests at home and send the sample off for analysis, research has revealed.
Head cancer in boys linked to HPV
Scientists have urged health officials to consider offering vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to boys after statistics revealed an increase in the number of serious head and neck cancers linked to oral sex.
Women get contraceptive implant
A removable contraceptive implant is to be made more readily available to women across Norfolk.
Study on access to emergency pill
Rates of unintended pregnancies are not reduced by easier access to emergency contraception, a new study has suggested.
Sex education programme criticised
A lack of basic sex education leaves people with learning difficulties feeling vulnerable, embarrassed and confused, research has claimed.
Syphilis rise 'reflects web trends'
The use of social networking sites to meet for casual sex has been partly blamed for a Syphilis comeback.
Girl takes up HPV jab campaign
A schoolgirl has vowed to mobilise young females to vaccinate themselves against the potentially cancerous human papillomavirus, which is sexually transmitted.
Contraception 'an awkward issue'
Around 10% of women find talking to their GP about birth control just as bad as a visit to the dentist, a survey has claimed.
Cancer screening not aided by test
Cervical screening involving a test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) does not better identify cancer risks, specialists have claimed.
Study on teenage girls' sex history
A team of researchers has completed a study on sexually active teenagers which could help counselling therapies better meet their needs.
Government dismisses abortion ads
The Government has dismissed controversial adverts claiming Polish women could come to the UK for free abortions.
Titans front chlamydia campaign
Health officials in Rotherham have enlisted the help of their local rugby union team to encourage residents to get screened for chlamydia.
HPV test 'unnecessary' in under-30s
DIY smear tests bought online can mistakenly diagnose women with cervical cancer, a leading specialist has warned.
'Pill users live longer' says study
New research has revealed that women who have never been prescribed the Pill can expect to live shorter lives compared to those who took the oral contraceptive.
Fit people 'have better sex lives'
Keeping fit and healthy is the key to a good sex life, researchers have suggested.
Religious chemist refuses pill
A pharmacist in Sheffield has been criticised after she refused to dispense the contraceptive pill because of her religion.
JLS in talks over condom range
X Factor finalists JLS are in talks to launch a range of condoms to promote the importance of safe sex.
Youngsters warned over STI dangers
Young people are being warned of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) after newly released figures show numbers are on the rise, according to the Ilford Recorder in Essex.
Bone density study on Mirena users
Newly published research has found that women who choose to use the Mirena intrauterine system for contraception on a long-term basis have a similar bone mineral density (BMD) compared to those who use the intrauterine device (IUD).
Pharmacies offer free contraception
Pharmacies in Swindon are offering young women free emergency contraception as part of a drive to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
STI talks 'crucial to happiness'
Couples hoping for a lifetime of domestic bliss could boost their chances through open and honest discussions about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a poll has claimed.
Campaign launched to reduce STDs
A campaign has been launched in Liverpool that aims to reduce cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the area.
GPs given cervical cancer guide
GPs are being given fresh guidance on how to correctly determine symptoms and quickly diagnose cervical cancer in young women.
Fewer people being tested for STIs
The number of people being tested for sexually transmitted diseases at a specialist clinic in Scunthorpe has fallen to its lowest level since December 2008.
Chlamydia services acknowledged
Services which have helped in the fight against chlamydia around the Kent area have been given hampers of chocolate by the NHS to congratulate them on their efforts.
Most UK women never tested for HIV
Almost three-quarters of British women have never been tested for HIV, with many seeing no need to, a poll has found.
Pregnancy rates hit 10-year low
The number of women having babies has fallen for the first time in nearly 10 years, according to official figures.
MP urges sex education age lowered
A Welsh MP wants children as young as 12 to be taught about sex in school after a county in Wales was shown to have the highest UK rate of teenage pregnancies.
Slight fall in teenage pregnancies
The number of teenage pregnancies in England has fallen, but the rate of decline may not be enough to meet key Government targets, according to new figures.
Balls accused over sex education
Schools secretary Ed Balls has been accused of "cowardice" after the House of Commons amended sex education legislation following opposition from religious groups.
Government urges TV safe sex debate
Broadcasters have been called on by the Government to address the issue of safe sex during television programmes.
New-look website promotes STI tests
Young people in Suffolk can get information and free tests for a sexually transmitted infection from an updated NHS website.
Football club offers chlamydia test
A Lancashire football club has thrown its support behind the region's chlamydia screening programme to encourage young men to get tested.
London filmmakers break FGM silence
Campaigners in London have released a film calling on the capital's young African population to 'Think Again' about the practice of female genital mutilation.
Sex health centre for ethnic groups
A newly opened sexual health centre for London, which has 36,000 residents with HIV, is aimed at reaching communities from the Horn of Africa, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Ill-fitting condoms 'split easily'
Ill-fitting condoms have a greater chance of splitting during sex, research has shown.
Tories make teenage pregnancy gaffe
The Conservatives have mistakenly claimed that 54% of girls in the most deprived areas fall pregnant before the age of 18 by leaving out a decimal point in a calculation.
Chlamydia tests on Valentine's van
NHS Oxfordshire's Valentine's themed roadshow has been hailed as a success after testing the same amount of young people for Chlamydia on its first day than the Trust would normally see in a week.
Condoms offered to 13-year-olds
Free condoms and chlamydia testing kits have been offered to children as young as 13 by the Teesside Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).
Cards urge men to take STI tests
NHS Northamptonshire has sent more than 20,000 Valentine's cards to young men in a bid to highlight the importance of STI testing.
Cheshire has high rates of STIs
Cheshire has some of the highest rates for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency.
Condom scheme working in Cornwall
The C Card condom scheme is being promoted in colleges with the help of NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly as part of Contraceptive Awareness Week.
HRT 'helps to prevent colon cancer'
Menopausal women who use HRT are less likely to develop colon cancer, according to new research.
Pupils may be offered STI tests
Pupils at secondary schools in Derby could be offered pregnancy tests, the morning-after-pill and tests for sexually transmitted diseases without their parents being informed.
'Peer education' hailed a success
A "peer educator" scheme to educate young people on sex education has been championed by one of the volunteers in Derbyshire.
HPV vaccine shows promising results
Genital warts, cervical cell abnormalities and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures could be rapidly reduced by high-coverage human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations among adolescents and young women, according to a new study.
Sex clinics for Liverpool schools
Liverpool teenagers will soon be able to get sexual health advice at their school when clinics are set up across the city.
'Gateway' dictates sperm success
Scientists in the US have discovered a molecule in the tails of sperm cells that dictates the time at which certain cells "race" towards an unfertilised egg, paving the way for new breakthroughs in contraception and fertility treatment.
Chlamydia testing campaign launched
A new campaign is calling on young people in the North East to get tested for chlamydia.
Students volunteer for STD tests
More than a thousand students at a university have volunteered to be tested for the sexually transmitted disease (STD) chlamydia.
New 'week after' contraceptive pill
An emergency contraceptive pill which stops women falling pregnant up to five days after having unprotected sex has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners.
One in five pregnancies 'unplanned'
Nearly one in five babies due to be born this year were conceived by accident, according to a survey of expectant mothers.
MPs speak out over chlamydia test
MPs have accused the Government of using inadequate measures to monitor the progress of a chlamydia screening programme.
HIV danger through 'tops - campaign
Gay men are being warned that HIV can also be caught through their penises in a campaign being launched by the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Primary pupils to learn about sex
Children should be taught about sex and domestic violence at the age of seven, Government guidance has recommended.
Chlamydia testing kits distributed
A testing kit to check for chlamydia is being distributed to thousands of homes in the West Midlands.
Family call to lower smear test age
A young mother could have been diagnosed with cervical cancer earlier if the screening age had not been increased, her brother has said.
Free condoms with Coventry's c-card
Coventry has taken steps to lower its high teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STI) rate by offering teenagers and young people a "condom card".
New sex health standards endorsed
The sexual health community has endorsed consistency of care for users of STI services within a tough operating environment after new standards were launched.
New sexual health centre to open
People needing advice about sexual health will be able to use a new centre opening in Dorset, it has been announced.
Football stars promote STI testing
Young people in Sheffield have been encouraged to get tested for chlamydia by one of the city's football teams.
HPV vaccine 'could save thousands'
Cancer researchers have predicted that the number of women under 30 diagnosed with cervical cancer will plummet by 2025 due to the success of the HPV vaccination programme.
Lloyds launches health stats tool
Lloydspharmacy has launched an online tool to make workers "sit up and take notice" of health statistics.
Wakefield offers free STI clinics
People living in and around Wakefield have been urged to help tackle the rising number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by using condoms and visiting a walk-in 'Fastest' clinic to check up on their sexual health.
Award for local sexual health drive
An NHS service which offers sexual health advice and contraception to young women in the North East has been recognised.
Clinic makes move to town centre
A unit in Scunthorpe which provides screening and treatment for STIs is hoping to attract more young people after moving to the town centre.
Young urged to take chlamydia tests
Young people in the North West have been urged to get tested for a common sexually transmitted infection through a letter writing campaign.
Bid to improve STI testing targets
A health trust in Harrow has launched a mobile health clinic in a bid to encourage more youngsters to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.
STIQ campaign urges UK STI testing
People in the UK have been encouraged to get themselves tested for sexually transmitted infections this Thursday .
Mum gives out birthday STI tests
Chlamydia tests and condoms were some of the unusual presents given out at a Newcastle 18th birthday party by a mother keen to promote safe sex.
Women 'wary' of pill side effects
A quarter of sexually active women "take a break" from the contraceptive pill because of unwelcome side effects or fears for their future health, a study has shown.
Young offender tests could cut STIs
The number of sexually transmitted infections among young people could be reduced by introducing screening programmes in Young Offenders' Institutions (YOI), research has suggested.
Chlamydia screening campaign begins
One in five people are unaware that chlamydia can affect women's fertility, a new survey released to coincide with a sexual health advertising campaign has revealed.
Some women 'too busy' for screening
Some women may miss cervical cancer screenings because they are too busy and not because of embarrassment or fear, according to research.
NHS campaign targets chlamydia
A new campaign is encouraging young people in Derbyshire to take free chlamydia tests as part of its fight against the disease.
Teenagers urged to have safe sex
Young people in Coventry are being offered the chance to win a year's supply of condoms in a bid to encourage safe sex.
Queen honours sexual health nurse
A sexual health nurse has been honoured by the Queen for her services to healthcare.
Highest STI screening for NHS trust
More 15-24-year-olds have taken part in chlamydia screenings with NHS Warrington than anywhere else in the North West, it has been revealed.
Youngsters gain chlamydia awareness
Young people in Redbridge have been warned of the dangers of unprotected sex as part of a national scheme to lower the number of people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Young risk pregnancies at Christmas
Newly released figures have found that increasing numbers of teenagers are at risk of pregnancy over the Christmas holiday period.
Teenage girls 'pressured' into sex
New research has shown that around 87% of girls between 12 and 18 think their friends are having sex.
Free morning-after pills in Swansea
Swansea's teenage girls and women have been offered free emergency contraceptives from pharmacies to reduce unwanted pregnancies over the festive period.
Breast cancer 'is several diseases'
Research into the genetic profiles of breast cancer has left a team of scientists "astounded", it has emerged.
Under 25s offered Chlamydia test
People aged between 15 and 24 in Cumbria are being offered a free chlamydia test as part of a national screening scheme.
Families evade circumcision laws
Experts have warned that hundreds of British schoolgirls may be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) over Christmas as their families choose to fly them back to their country of origin to undergo the procedure.
NHS posts record screening numbers
NHS figures have shown that a record number of women took breast screening tests in 2007-08, leading to the detection of 1,500 extra cancer cases.
Nurses accredited for contraception
Nurses offering Long Acting Reversible Contraceptions (LARC) like intrauterine techniques (IUTs) and subdermal contraceptive implants (SDIs) are to continue receiving accreditation.
Christmas cards warn of chlamydia
Cards are being handed out to teenagers in Sunderland over the Christmas period warning them about the risk of chlamydia.
Parents urged to talk about sex
A sexual health campaign has been launched in Somerset aimed at encouraging young people and parents to talk more openly about sex and relationships.
Party-goers warned of chlamydia
Christmas party-goers have been told to be aware of their sexual health, with experts predicting the number of chlamydia cases is set to rise.
Fertile women prefer animated faces
Women find flirtatious facial expressions more attractive when they are at their most fertile, a new study has found.
Clinic targets teenage pregnancy
Health officials in Derbyshire have urged local teenagers to take advantage of a new drop-in centre in a bid to tackle the region's above average teenage pregnancy rate.
Pill pilot bid to cut pregnancies
Two London inner-city areas with the highest teenage pregnancy rates are piloting an NHS scheme to provide the contraceptive pill to teenage girls without prescription in pharmacies.
Gene stops ovaries becoming testes
A gene that prevents ovaries turning into testosterone-producing glands is described in research by British and German scientists published in the journal Cell.
Alcohol risk to cancer recurrence
Women who have previously had breast cancer are being advised to reduce their alcohol consumption, after research found it could increase the chance of the disease returning.
Parents talk about sex too late
New research has suggested that parents are waiting for too long before they start talking about sex with their teenage children.
Fife life revealed, warts and all
Fife has the distinction of being the town in Scotland with the highest number of men with genital warts, according to a new sexual health information study.
County aims to curb chlamydia cases
A campaign aiming to tackle a recent increase in the number of chlamydia cases among 16-24 year-olds has been launched across north east Essex.
Online game targets safe sex habits
An online game in which players can control the situation in which their two virtual characters have sex, including their method of contraception, has been launched by a leading Irish teenage pregnancy agency.
Half of teenage girls catch STIs
Around half of teenage girls who are sexually active are likely to catch a sexually transmitted infection (STI) within two years of the first time they have sex, according to a study.
Revellers urged to carry a condom
'If you’re going to get drunk this Christmas carry a condom' is the message from sexual-health charity Marie Stopes International (MSI).
Concern at repeat abortion figures
The high number of women undergoing more than one abortion has prompted renewed concern about the effectiveness of UK sexual health policy.
GP ‘bias’ on lesbian sexual health
Fears that GPs are biased regarding the sexual health of lesbians have been voiced in a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care.
Teen sexual health toolkit launched
A new toolkit has been launched to support primary care adolescent and sexual health professionals in facilitating productive and meaningful consultations with teenagers about sexuality and contraception.
Tayside 'worst' for sexual health
NHS health bosses for the Tayside region of Scotland are determined to reverse the area's poor sexual health record.
STD test invites via Bluetooth
Health bosses at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney have utilised mobile phone technology in a bid to invite young people across the region to take a free chlamydia test.
BV revealed to be an STD
New research has revealed that bacterial vaginosis - an infection caused by an imbalance of "good" and "bad" bacteria in the vagina - may be a sexually transmitted disease.
UK HIV rate 'highest in Europe'
A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that HIV rates in the UK are among the highest in Europe.
Abortion guidance to be withdrawn
Guidance on abortion issued by the Government in Northern Ireland to make the position of health workers clearer is to be withdrawn after a High Court ruling.
Chlamydia tests offered at schools
Pupils at three schools in Bridgwater, Somerset, are being offered tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as part of an NHS programme.
More talk on contraception urged
Young people are being advised to talk more openly about sex and contraception in a campaign to reduce the UK rate of teenage pregnancies, reportedly the highest in Europe.
Concern over late HIV diagnoses
The late diagnosis of a third of UK HIV-positive adults last year means they missed vital early treatment that might extend their lives, says the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
'HRT has low cardiovascular risk'
Women going through menopause should be warned about the reality of cardiovascular disease, which kills more women than any other illness in the Western world, the International Menopause Society (IMS) has said.
Call to enhance NHS HIV services
People with HIV should be given a larger role in policy formulation and treatment, a Government review says.
Report highlights youth STI risk
Young people in Scotland are more likely than any other age group to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
50 Cent drops sexual health campaign
Rapper 50 Cent has said his plans for a worldwide sexual health campaign have had to be scrapped after his design for an innovative new condom failed to meet his scientific specifications.
Chlamydia testing for nightclub
NHS Worcestershire has announced plans to offer free chlamydia screening at a nightclub - handing out glow sticks and t-shirts in return.
New hope for breast cancer patients
Scientists have discovered a way of blocking an enzyme related to the development of breast cancer.
Survey highlights STI ignorance
Around 11% of people think standing up during sex prevents a woman from becoming pregnant, a Government poll claims.
Advert tries to dispel HIV myths
A tongue-in-cheek advert, starring Konnie Huq, aims to tackle prejudices held by young people about those with HIV and Aids.
Study could 'improve' radiotherapy
A £160,000 grant to develop a genetically-targeted breast cancer treatment has been awarded to Queen's University Belfast.
Economic crisis hits Elton charity
Sir Elton John has vowed not to let Aids fundraising "get onto the back seat" as he revealed that the economic crisis was hitting his charity.
Future chlamydia vaccine 'possible'
Scientists have discovered how human bodies fight the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia, raising hopes a vaccine could be created in the next few years.
Drug trials find female "viagra"
A female "viagra" could be set for the market, using a drug which failed tests for its original purpose as an antidepressant.
New guide to encourage HIV testing
African communities in the UK are to be encouraged to take regular tests for HIV and sexually transmitted infections in a free guide from a sexual health charity.
Capital gets new cancer treatment
A revolutionary prostate cancer treatment that reduces radiation damage to the bladder and rectum has been introduced at a London clinic.
Terrence Higgins Trust HIV campaign
A campaign to warn young gay men how easily HIV can be transmitted during unprotected sex has been launched by the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Pledge targets teenage pregnancies
Reducing teenage pregnancies to combat health inequalities, child poverty and social exclusion is key Government policy, according to children's minister Dawn Primarolo.
New breast surgery method trialled
Human trials are to begin on a surgical treatment that could allow women to regrow their breasts after a mastectomy, it has been announced.
Chlamydia programme 'waste of time'
A screening programme for the sexually-transmitted infection chlamydia has frittered away millions of pounds of taxpayers' money and was "a waste of time", say auditors.
Drug helps cuts cancer recurrence
Results from a recent study have shown that women at intermediate to high-risk of early breast cancer recurrence - given the chemotherapy drug capecitabine - had a 34% reduction in the risk of the disease returning or death, compared with those taking the combination regimen without capecitabine.
Labiaplasty 'potentially dangerous'
Women have been warned against so-called 'designer vagina' operations after research claimed not enough was known about the procedure.
Hope for cervical cancer patients
Drugs that block the effect of oestrogen could be used to fight cervical cancer, research has suggested.
East London excels in smear results
The results of smear tests performed in east London are being delivered within two weeks, the latest figures have shown.
Cancer return cut by radiotherapy
New research has shown post-surgery radiotherapy can help those suffering with breast cancer to avoid a recurrence of the disease.
Mandatory sex education supported
New measures to reform sex education in England have been backed by a leading union for education professionals.
Poll shows sex education confusion
Around two-thirds of Bristol parents believe their teenagers have no desire to discuss sex, a survey has revealed.
Sex education compulsory after 15
Parents will lose the right to withdraw children from sex education classes when they turn 15, the Schools Secretary has announced.
Drug 'safely kills' cancer cells
Israeli scientists have taken a step closer to the holy grail of cancer treatment - the ability to destroy mutated cells without harming healthy counterparts.
Pilot GP schemes to test for HIV
Government health chief Sir Liam Donaldson has confirmed the launch of pilot schemes aimed at improving the identification of patients with HIV.
Shop vouchers boost chlamydia test
Shopping vouchers worth £5 are being used by two NHS trusts in East Anglia to encourage 15 to 24-year-olds to take a "quick and easy" chlamydia test.
STD home-testing pack announced
A DIY home-testing kit for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has been launched in north-east Scotland.
Charity warns over screening issues
A science charity is warning that, as well as obvious advantages, there are drawbacks to screening for diseases such as breast cancer.
'Text-a-pill' scheme extension
An initiative allowing school girls as young as 11 to send a text message for emergency contraception could be extended across Oxford, an NHS board has revealed.
'Third of young women have unprotected sex'
A national survey of girls and women aged seven to 21 has revealed that many are concerned about sexually transmitted diseases but too few are taking steps to prevent them.
Youngsters' feedback on sex clinics
NHS sexual health clinics in the Northampton area have been given the thumbs-down by more than half of young people quizzed in a survey.
Stars backing chlamydia campaign
Stars from popular Bristol-based drama Skins have taken time out from filming in order to support an NHS campaign to raise awareness about chlamydia.
Long-term contraception use up
Figures have revealed that the number of women in Scotland opting for long-term methods of contraception such as the coil, implants or injections has increased.
Migraines double risk of stroke
People who experience migraines with visual or sensory disturbances are twice as likely to suffer a stroke, with the risk increased if women are taking contraceptives with oestrogen.
Cervical cancer jab 'embarrassing'
New research has shown that 25% of girls would not tell a boyfriend that they have been vaccinated with the cervical cancer jab.
More Down's babies being aborted
More Down's syndrome babies are being aborted because screening improvements mean more are being diagnosed, according to a study published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
A bitter Pill to swallow, say women
Weight gain - and loss - depression and fluctuating self-esteem and libido are just some of the side effects that are turning women off the Pill, according to a survey.
Scheme helps sexual health in young
A new screening programme involving adolescents is helping doctors identify those in danger of sexual health problems.
Alternatives to HRT not offered
Many women going through the menopause are not being offered alternative treatments to HRT, despite concerns that the drug may be linked to cancer, according to a report.
Childhood asthma: 'No link to Pill'
Using oral contraceptives before becoming pregnant does not necessarily raise the risk that the child will contract asthma, according to research.
Leeds 'needs better sex education'
Sex education in schools in Leeds has not been made a big enough priority, according to the city council's health scrutiny board.
Advice pack for gay men with HIV
The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched a sexual-health information pack for gay men recently diagnosed with HIV.
Aids jab only marginally beneficial
A new vaccine designed to protect against AIDS may only be marginally beneficial, according to the results of the first successful tests on the drug.
Chlamydia screening campaign hailed
The north-east Lincolnshire chlamydia screening campaign Coast has been hailed by the Government as an example of best practice.
Cannabis 'makes sex last longer'
Marijuana can help a man delay the point at which he reaches orgasm, according to a study.
Chemical 'moves cancer around body'
Cutting-edge microscopes are focussing on the effects chemical signals have on cancer cells - which may hold the key to halting secondary forms of the disease.
Abortion details to be made public
Figures on the number of late abortions carried out because of disabilities in unborn children and the nature of the specific defects are to be made public for the first time.
GPs 'must push chlamydia screening'
Medical staff are being urged to change their attitude to sexual health after researchers said that GPs did not promote chlamydia screening for fear of embarrassing parents.
HPV jab may reduce genital warts
A vaccination used in Australia to combat the human papilloma virus (HPV) has been proven to also reduce the number of new cases of genital warts.
Bid to cut cervical screening age
A cross-party attempt has been launched to persuade ministers to cut the age for cervical cancer screening in England to 20.
Volunteers needed for cancer study
Researchers need 60,000 women to take part in a new study to try to identify what factors increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Student chosen to push sexual health
Posters promoting safe sexual behaviour designed by a university undergraduate have been picked up by NHS Warrington to crack down on the high-risk behaviour.
Cervical-cancer vaccination 'safe'
The cervical-cancer vaccine is safe despite the death of a Coventry schoolgirl earlier this year, according to health minister Gillian Merron.
HRT 'increases breast cancer risk'
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may trigger breast cancer, according to research published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
Sexual health focus of council TV
Sexual health will be a major storyline of a Hollyoaks-style internet television channel soap opera to be launched by Kent County Council.
NHS Derby calls for vaccine takeup
Teenage girls in Derby should be receiving HPV vaccines despite the recent scare caused by a 14-year-old's death, an NHS authority has said.
FDA panel backs HIV drug Selzentry
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the use of Pfizer's Selzentry as an initial treatment for HIV patients, despite continuing concerns over the level of effectiveness of the drug .
Children to get sex education at four
A new sexual health and relationships curriculum, which will see children as young as four being given sex education lessons, is being introduced in Glasgow.
Pill "could affect partner choice"
Scientists have uncovered evidence that taking the contraceptive pill may make women less attractive to men and lead them to choose more effeminate males as partners.
Plans for STI clinics in schools
Scottish secondary school pupils could be offered free testing for sexually transmitted infections under plans announced by the Scottish Executive.
Help with symptoms of menopause
Women who suffer menopausal symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats after breast cancer treatment could find that therapy is the solution.
Women's education linked to health
A woman's education influences how long she - and her partner - will live, researchers have said.
New HIV testing guidelines unveiled
New guidelines for HIV testing across the country have been published.
Men wanted for contraceptive trial
Scientists in Scotland have appealed for couples to volunteer for a trial of a new contraceptive injection for men.
Sexual health advice for the over 50s
Manchester City Council has unveiled a free booklet for older people which combines dating tips and sexual health advice.
Inquest opens into schoolgirl death
An inquest into the death of a schoolgirl who died shortly after being given a cervical cancer vaccine is set to open at Coventry Magistrates' Court.
Cancer jab did not kill teenager
A Coventry teenager who died shortly after be given a cervical cancer vaccine was not killed by a reaction to the jab, it has been revealed.
"Health condition" killed HPV girl
A 14-year-old girl who died shortly after being given the cervical cancer vaccine was killed by a "serious underlying medical condition" - not the HPV injection.
Breast screening up-take concern
More than one-in-four women invited to the national breast screening programme do not attend, NHS figures have revealed.
Charity urges against vaccine panic
A health charity has warned against panic after a schoolgirl died shortly after receiving a cervical cancer vaccine.
Contraception danger for LA carriers
Women who carry the antibody subtype 'lupus anticoagulant' (LA) are putting their health at risk by using oral contraception, a new study has found.
Comedian spreads sexual health message
A primary care trust in the West Midlands is trying out a number of strategies to promote awareness of sexual health services, including employing the help of a stand-up comedian.
Backing for Adiana contraception
Regulatory support for a minimally invasive new contraceptive device that blocks the fallopian tubes has been welcomed by manufacturer Hologic.
Teenage pregnancy drive launched
A campaign promoting sexual health and the use of contraception has been launched across the North East's universities and colleges.
Reproductive health campaign launched
A campaign aiming to raise £500,000 to help women with chronic gynaecological issues has been launched by a number of UK celebrities posing in high heel shoes.
ONS study reveals UK fertility rate
A study by the Office of National Statistics has shown women in their thirties have the highest fertility rate in the UK.
Sexual calculator reveals risk rate
A new study has revealed that the average British man or woman has indirectly slept with 2.8 million people.
Possible relief from period pain
Period pain is a minor annoyance for some women and unbearable agony for others, but a new way of administering painkilling medication could be more effective than oral tablets.
High-risk women not talking contraception
Nearly one-third of women at risk of unintended pregnancy do not use contraception, according to a study.
Nine in ten 'unaware of cancer risks'
Although 80% of women in the UK are willing to make lifestyle changes to reduce their breast cancer risk, as many as 45% are unaware of the simple steps that can help them on their way to achieve this, a study has shown.
HRT linked to lung cancer risk
Women considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using oestrogen and progestin should be told they have a greater risk of lung cancer, a research team has said.
'Viagra cream' quicker than tablet
A cream allowing erectile dysfunction drugs to be absorbed directly through the skin could make treating the condition safer, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has claimed.
Pill wins greatest innovation award
Leading figures in the drugs industry have chosen the Contraceptive Pill as the greatest pharmacy innovation of the past 150 years.
Widows less susceptible to STIs
Older women are more likely to lose their husbands than men their wives, but bereaved husbands have a higher risk of being infected with a sexually-transmitted infection (STI), US researchers have found.
More adults suffering from STIs
The number of older people contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is on the rise, research has revealed.
Nine in 10 have cervical cancer jab
Concerns that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme against cervical cancer for teenage girls would be rejected due to claims it encouraged promiscuity have been proved wrong in Northern Ireland.
Contraceptive link to bone density
Oral contraceptives with low levels of oestrogen may be causing reduced bone density in girls aged 15 to 19, according to research at Charles University in Prague.
Sex-education game to target boys
Boys are being targeted by an "eye-opening" online sex-education game aimed at combating teenage pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).
Hysterectomy ops vary by region
Women are more likely to have surgical treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding depending on where they live, research has shown.
Boots to offer HPV vaccinations
High-street pharmacist Boots is joining the fight against cervical cancer by offering vaccinations to women aged between 18 and 54 in 134 stores across England and Wales.
Prostate cancer link to STI found
A link has been found between a common sexually transmitted infection and the risk of advanced and lethal prostate cancer in men by a new study.
Stories sought for chlamydia drive
An NHS trust is urging young people who have ever contracted chlamydia to share their stories on an educational DVD about sexual health.
Gardasil effective on genital warts
A vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer could also be used to prevent genital warts in men, US health advisors have said.
Glaxo urged to join HIV patent pool
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been urged to waive patent protection on HIV drugs to make them more available to Aids sufferers in developing countries.
Contraception 'could save planet'
A population research group is urging effective family planning as a means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and fighting climate change.
Trust urges sex-infection testing
The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is stepping up efforts to combat the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Ovarian cancer rate falls 20%
Women are nearly 20% less likely to develop ovarian cancer than they were a decade ago, Cancer Research UK has said.
Poll reveals 'contraceptive myths'
A number of myths and misconceptions about contraceptive methods still prevail among British women, according to an online poll.
Sex infections `should be screened`
Tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) should be part of normal health-check routines, according to NHS West Kent.
HPV jab hope for breast cancer
Tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year by vaccinating women against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent some forms of breast cancer, according to Australian research.
Cervical cancer vaccine take up at 70%
A total of 70% of girls aged 12 and 13 have been vaccinated against sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus as part of a nationwide drive to protect the female population.
Cherie Blair defends contraception
The wife of a former prime minister has criticised the Catholic Church's position on birth control, saying that not using contraception could prevent women from having a successful career.
Glasgow sells most large condoms
More extra large condoms are bought in Glasgow than anywhere else in the UK, according to Tesco.
Office staff to get chlamydia tests
A plan to hand out sexually transmitted infection test kits to office and supermarket workers could be rolled out in North Somerset.
Third of girls 'abused by boyfriends'
Many young girls are being sexually abused by their boyfriends, according to a survey by the NSPCC and Bristol University.
New female genital cutting study
Female genital mutilation is the subject of a new government study in which nurses and midwifes are being urged to take part.
Text and email sexual health advice
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to offer sexual health counselling and peer mentoring to London`s 10 to 18-year-olds through text messages, the internet and face to face meetings.
Women 'face cancer diagnosis delay'
Researchers have warned that despite reporting symptoms to their GP, many women with ovarian cancer are facing delays in getting diagnosed.
Cancer drug linked to tumour risk
Research has found one of the most common treatments for breast cancer increases the risk of developing a secondary tumour if used for a long time.
Rise in HIV infections in North West
As many as 42% of newly infected HIV sufferers in the north west of England contracted the disease from abroad and of these 74% are black Africans, officials revealed.
Vaginal ring 'safer than oral pill'
A vaginal ring is better for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than oral contraception, a study has shown.
Acupuncture hope for ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome can be relieved by the use of acupuncture and exercise, according to a study at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Oestrogen 'can treat breast cancer'
Some forms of breast cancer could be treated by giving the patient low doses of oestrogen, a clinical study has found.
Drop in visitors at GUM clinics
The number of people attending genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics dropped 4% between May and June, figures have shown.
Women recalled for second smear
A health centre in Leeds is having to recall nearly 1,000 women for repeat cervical smears after checks revealed problems with the tests.
Fibroid operation made simpler
Women could be saved days of recuperation thanks to a new technique to remove fibroids from wombs pioneered at Spire Bristol Hospital.
Quicker endometriosis test revealed
A new test for endometriosis, which can detect the condition with close to 100% accuracy is being recommended by experts.
HPV blamed for rise in oral cancer
A leading sexual health expert has said the "alarming" increase in oral cancers among men and women in their forties is as much down to the human papilloma virus (HPV) as binge drinking.
Sunbeds can `halve cancer risk`
Women could halve their risk of developing endometrial cancer with the occasional use of sunbeds, according to new research.
Pharmacies join sexual health scheme
NHS Peterborough's sexual health pharmacy programme is now being offered by an additional three pharmacies, which will give people the morning after pill, condoms and chlamydia screening free of charge.
Youth abortion figures 'a concern'
Nearly 100 girls aged 14 or younger had an abortion last year, which is a "cause for concern", according to public health minister for Scotland Shona Robison.
Pills give varying thrombosis risk
Many women are not using brands of the Pill which have the lowest risk of blood clotting in the vein, according to a study.
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