Published Wednesday, 09 October 2013
The report called for improvements to be made. (© Getty)
It was reported by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) that there has been a 28% increases in diagnoses in Northern Ireland since the turn of the century.
From 1991 to 2000 there was just one case a year - but in 2011 alone there were 7,661.
These included gonorrhoea and HIV, as well as 52 new episodes of infectious syphilis in the same year - 40 of them involving men having gay sex.
Meanwhile a further 82 cases of HIV came to light in 2011 - bringing the total individuals receiving care to 522 - which is the highest UK rate of increase, while prevalence is lower.
There were 336 new cases of gonorrhoea in 2011 and the number of diagnoses of uncomplicated chlamydia infection has almost doubled to 1,830.
The report said there are no specialist consultants in sexual and reproductive health in NI.
It called for a clear strategic vision for this area and outlined a need for better integration between specialists in sexual health and specialists in genitourinary medicine.
"There is a need for a clear strategic direction to be set for sexual health services and agreed standards for service delivery," explained RQIA chief executive Glen Houston.
"While RQIA recognises the contribution of the sexual health improvement network established by the Public Health Agency, we recommend the development of a regional clinic network to drive improvements in outcomes for patients and service users."
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