"We recommend that anyone having sex with a new or casual partner uses condoms and tests regularly for HIV and STIs. It is also vital to ensure there is easy access to STI testing and treatment services that meet the needs of local populations."
Responding to the figures, Yusef Azad, Director of Strategy at the National AIDs Trust accused the government of failing to meet the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men, and again attacked NHS England's recent decision not to fund a wide-scale role out of HIV-preventing pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP). "Instead of educating young gay and bisexual men about how to look after their sexual health, the Government has rejected the calls of experts to provide statutory sex and relationships education to all young people," he said in a statement. "Gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with STIs are precisely the group who need to have access to PrEP, which the Government has also failed to provide. "Starting PrEP wouldn’t just be taking a pill. Offering this game-changing prevention technology to the most at-risk gay men would also they are treated early for STIs and supported in safer sex, so reducing STI transmission rates." More stories: How many gay men would actually use PrEP? The results are in… ‘Decision to withhold PrEP shows the government and health services are contributing to the HIV epidemic’