Surveillance of sexually transmitted infections in England and Wales

Euro Surveill. 2001 May;6(5):71-80. doi: 10.2807/esm.06.05.00208-en.


Surveillance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England and Wales has, in the past, relied principally on aggregated statistical data submitted by all genitourinary medicine clinics to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, supplemented by various laboratory reporting systems. Although these systems provide comparatively robust surveillance data, they do not provide sufficient information on risk factors to target STI control and prevention programmes appropriately. Over recent years, substantial rises in STIs, the emergence of numerous outbreaks of STIs, and changes in gonococcal resistance patterns have necessitated the introduction of more sophisticated surveillance mechanisms. This article describes current STI surveillance systems in England and Wales, including new systems that have recently been introduced or are currently being developed to meet the need for enhanced STI surveillance data.

MeSH terms

  • Chlamydia Infections / prevention & control
  • Disease Notification
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • England / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / drug effects
  • Pilot Projects
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Syphilis / prevention & control
  • Wales / epidemiology