Sexual Health worsening

The BBC is reporting a significant rise in sexually transmitted infections in teenagers and young people. The Department of Health are apparently about to produce a “Sexual Health Promotion Strategy” before the Stormont summer recess.From the Department press release: Targets included in the Strategy include: increasing the number of teenagers delaying sexual activity; reducing the rate of births to teenage mothers; reducing the incidence of STIs; and reducing the access time to Genito Urinary Medicine GUM clinics to two working days.

The Children’s Commissioner also has a press release on the subject and a policy paper which outlines some of the problems.

One of her comments which particularly struck me was that about young people in Fermanagh having a sixty mile trip to the nearest clinic. In most things to do with modern acute health care centralisation is key (whatever John Robb may have had to say on the subject). Regarding largely out patient based specialities such as sexual health clinics, however, there is significant merit in rolling them out as widely as possible provided staff experience levels can be maintained.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    I seen Gerry Adams in Stormont the other day giving his crotch a good rubbing as he went out of the toilets. It’s not just teenagers!

  • Rory

    Turgon,

    Your highlighting of this report and the underlying non-judgemental humanity that infuses it is much appreciated.

    I will refrain from further comment until the moralists have had their go.

  • Rory

    Ulsters my homeland,

    I had often wondered where greengrocers sourced their supply of superfluous apostrophes (as in “Delicious Apple’s” and such) and now you explain it by simple demonstration – they buy them cheap off people like you who have no use of them.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    heavy stuff Rory, keep it up, you’re a natural. Just check those balls when you’re out playing the field like Gerry!

  • TAFKABO

    I’ve come to think of that missing apostrophe as one of the disappeared.

  • McGrath

    Oh’ how’ things’ have’ changed’, In’ my’ day’ one’ had’ to’ work’ very’ hard’ to’ catch’ an’ STD’.

  • Some small credit to Michael McGimpsey, for putting his name on a document where others have recoiled? Plus an extra quarter-of-a-million (but, as I read it, for last year), on top of pre-announced finance: so — no new money?

    Otherwise, the intended agenda here looks as if it’s on the proper track. In view of the previous thread, inspired by Donaldson’s populist round-robin, I cannot call it the “right” track, for fear of others (the apostrophists, perhaps) considering it the “Right” track.

  • Dewi

    Personally I wish I had had a pile more sex when I was younger – not encumbered by bizarre guilt trip Christian stuff – but each to his own !

  • “I wish I had had a pile more sex when I was younger”

    Just think of all those piles you can look forward to when you get older, Dewi …

  • Dewi

    It would have been worth it Nefyn !!!

  • ‘Some small credit to Michael McGimpsey, for putting his name on a document where others have recoiled?’

    Very small credit to McGimpsey…he and his department did nothing about this until the Children’s Commissioner issued their policy paper. In fact, his promise to have this long overdue policy (it’s about a year overdue so far) out by summer recess has so many caveats that I fear it will never arrive…and will it be properly resourced? Doubt it!

  • Turgon, John was staking a claim for local hospitals back in 1982 and he’d loads of experience in both large and small hospitals.

    Thanks to his expertise applied locally he was able to get my mother to a centre of excellence for a life-saving operation a few years after that article was written. It was a magnificent piece of organisation, one that a highly centralised system could not have matched.

  • Driftwood

    The Department of Health are apparently about to produce a “Sexual Health Promotion Strategy” before the Stormont summer recess.

    Unfuckingbelievable!

    Lets get this out there before new students get to Queens/Jordanstown/Coleraine/Stranmillis etc in the autumn. Otherwise they will not know about such matters. And can concentrate on their studies.
    The sad thing is we are employing armies of bureaucrats to reproduce this shite.
    Don’t forget to eat your 5 a day fruit as well as wearing a condom, oh and smoking is bad for you.

    God bless the assembly and the civil service (all 30’000 of them)for this. At least we know our taxes are not going to waste.

  • BTW – being a pedant Turgon in the ordering of your post it appears that the DHSSPS issued their release as part of the BBC report. Just checked, the NICCY press release and policy were issued at midnight, BBC covered the story, DHSSPS issued release, BBC updated story with info their health corr got on level of STDs…which perhaps vindicates my earlier point; would McGimpsey ever have issued his release and commitment to the Sexual Health Strategy if not for the NICCY Policy Paper being published (which I understand the DHSSPS received in advance)

  • “The Department of Health said it would publish a strategy on sexual health promotion shortly.”

    A quick glance at NICCY’s policy paper indicates the need for combined action by DHSS, DE and the NIO. Then there will be a reaction from the churches …

  • “Lets get this out there before new students get to Queens/Jordanstown/Coleraine/Stranmillis etc in the autumn.”

    Are these places of ill-repute taking students at 13 or younger, Belfast Metal?

  • That was Driftwood’s post Nevin…and it’s not the over 18s that the strategy is really needed (too late for most of them as I distantly recall from my QUB days!) rather it’s the primary and post-primary pupils who need a well organised and comprehensive Relationship and Sexual Education Curriculum, with the DHSSPS providing the necessary support and planned responses for all other circumstances i.e. when a young person suspects they have acquired an STI

  • Sorry about that, BM – in too much of a hurry!!

  • and that Nevin is where the problems start… 🙂

  • BfB

    Get used to this type of disease culture. Sadly the secular libs over here profit from promoting the lifestyle from 5 years old. I guess they always can fall back on planned parenthood murdering their daughters fetus and never being told…… Ah..Hope….Progress…

  • TAFKABO

    BfB

    Sorry mate, but if we’re talking about introducing sex to children I think it’s the Church who is in front on that one.
    How many kids in Ireland alone hd their first experience of sex at the hands of a Church official?
    if the worst us secular liberals do is make them wear some crappy clothes, I’ll take that over a return to the days when the church told us all how to act and think, and all the while they were raping our kids in the background.

    Let’s have education, ignorance and making sex a taboo subject is what allowed the abuse to continue for so long.

  • BfB

    Education? Is that what you call it? You’ve been smacked by the ignorance stick, I believe. Sorry about your bad Church official thing. I’ll stick with maturity and responsibility as the rule. Don’t have the time to play the blame game. Make them wear some crappy clothes, eh? I pity your children..

  • McGrath

    I pity your children..

    Posted by BfB on May 15, 2008 @ 02:07 AM

    You either have comprehension issues our you have beaten yourself with the same stick you just described.

    TAFKABO hinted at a common denominator between the Liberal Left and Conservative Right, did you get it?

  • Gregory

    “Sorry mate, but if we’re talking about introducing sex to children I think it’s the Church who is in front on that one. ”

    There is something in that.

    I am also sure the IRA/SF covered up a fair bit of abuse in the areas it controlled.

    The idea of going to the RUC about a priest in 1972 was probably not a working idea.

    Big Brother No1 might hopefully deal be asked to explain that at his next PSNI strategy session.

    SF/PSNI tackle crime!

    In England & the USA, teachers are light years ahead (or behind if we are being judgemental) in the abuse department.

    Teachers in the United States would perhaps be involved in more sex crime in a period of months than priests were (discoverably) in fifty years.

    I reckon it is because iffy Priests couldn’t gear up for the internet.

    Gregory

  • Gregory

    “Get used to this type of disease culture. Sadly the secular libs over here profit from promoting the lifestyle from 5 years old. I guess they always can fall back on planned parenthood murdering their daughters fetus and never being told…… Ah..Hope….Progress… ”

    The planned parenthood thing is a total biz.

    If Andy came back they’d get him to stick a condom on the banana on the Velvets first album.

    Some school grrls (I hope I spelt that right) have asked feminists in the USA for money to do a campaign over here, in Britain rather.

    Save us from icky lessons, I gather sex-ed is a bit vomitable in some schools.

    G.

  • I wondered if you’d fall for that one, Belfast Metal.

    All this jumping about should surely ramp up the STD stats, especially when linked to the strapline: “Kick off your stilletos (OY YEAH) & f**k me in the backseat”. I wonder if NICCY’s proposals will impact on that sort of ‘yoof’ mindset …

  • Ermintrude

    I hope this ‘Sexual Health Promotion Strategy’ includes actual money for medical services. It’s all very well ‘promoting’ the importance of sexual health, but telling everyone to be good sexual citizens and get themselves checked out is useless if (like an ex of mine) they dutifully turn up the the GUM clinic only to be told to return weeks later at 8:30am and wait all day in the hope of being seen. This is bad enough if you’re an adult who can’t get time off work – for people still at school, or who live in rural areas without their own transport, it’s a bad joke.

  • Yeah, Nevin – fell for it 🙂 However, maybe if that ‘yoof’ mindset was talked about in good Relationship and Sexual Health Education the question stilletos and backseats would never be asked, or the answer would be f**k off I’ve more respect for myself…and I’d never get the backseat of a Vauxhall Nova! And, yes Ermintrude there does appear to be some money allocated, but whether it will be enough, and whether the issue of school hours is ever addressed is another matter altogether. Having said that a smalll few Family Planning Clincs stay open in the evenings…too few, and no similar GUM options. Also McGimpsey’s proposal for 48 hours after referral to GUM Clinics is not at all young person friendly as they’ll have to get a referral from GP (which most YP don’t got to on sensitive issues) or turn up in the faint hope that they’ll be seen as an emergency

  • Belfast Metal, school is akin to an open prison for many young people so, sadly, I suspect even the very best of education will have limited impact amongst those with raging hormones.

    NICCY has had a look at Bebo content but seems mesmerised by the challenge.

  • Gregory

    “school is akin to an open prison for many young people so, sadly, I suspect even the very best of education will have limited impact amongst those with raging hormones. ”

    Well I can safely say nobody in the SB UUP ever mentioned the thing to me (ever). Hang on, that might be a lie. Just a tick.

    Nope nothing.

    G.

  • oh yeah!!!!!!

    i dont wear stilettos nevin…fealty took them for himself on the umteenth time he banned me

  • Gregory, it’s all in the detail. I referred to ‘open prison’, not Maghaberry 😉

  • Gregory

    Don’t start me on prisonsa, I cut my teeth on County Jails in the USA,

    however nothing in fairness, prepared me for the mind-flapping obfuscation of the Brits, it is little wonder there are so many pseudo-inquiries,

    My latest BBC FOI, came back as already in the public domain, when I asked ‘where’ they said ‘that’s a secret’.

    You gotta love it

    G.