Table 1

Whether or not to return STI results for the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3): infection-specific issues (as of 2009)

Free NHS testing availableClinical standard for treatment availablePrevalence of undiagnosed infectionsSample type and testing is of clinical diagnostic standard
Chlamydia trachomatisYesYesHighNo*
Neisseria gonorrhoeaeYesYesLowNo*
Mycoplasma genitaliumNoNoUnknownNA§
  • Bold type shows factors that favour named testing.

  • * Due to delay and batch testing.

  • The Health Protection Agency estimates that 24% of HIV-infected people are unaware of their infection in the UK.17

  • Not usually performed.

  • § A clinical standard for testing is not currently available.

  • HPV, human papillomavirus; NA, not applicable; STI, sexually transmitted infection.