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Caroline Flint: Measures to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were set out in the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV" (2001) and the public health White Paper Choosing Health", published last November, available in the Library and on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk.
The White Paper also announced a new high profile national campaign, to promote safer sex messages, aimed at reducing the prevalence and spread of all STIs. The campaign will focus on younger men and women. It will be a high profile media campaign, focusing on the risks of unprotected sex and the benefits of using condoms to avoid the risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and unintended pregnancies.
Measures also include targeted HIV prevention and health promotion work with those most at risk of HIV infections, such as gay men and African communities, provided through community organisations such as the Terrence Higgins Trust and the African HIV policy network.
In addition to these national measures, primary care trusts are responsible for providing sexual health promotion and services which meet the needs of their local populations. To support them in this role, the Department, working with professional bodies, has published recommended standards for sexual health services; a toolkit of best practice for sexual health promotion, and guidance on commissioning.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research projects on (a) abortion, (b) contraception, (c) reproductive health and (d) the effects of abortion on women have been commissioned by her Department in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the publication arrangements were in each case. 
Caroline Flint: The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service. Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. The remainder funds health and social care research through the Department's central research programmes. Details of relevant individual projects are listed as follows:
A systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of topotecan, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrocholoride and paclitaxel for second-line or subsequent treatment of advanced ovarian cancer (up-date)
The HTA programme aims to publish the results of every project in the monograph series Health Technol Assess (ISSN 1366 5278). As well as printed versions, full electronic versions of all titles in the monograph series are made available free of charge on the HTA programme website and on a free compact disc which is updated three to four times per year.
The following projects are funded through the allocation of departmental policy research programme budget to the Medical Research Council (MRC). The research is commissioned by the MRC on behalf of the Department.
The second national survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles (2000). Initial results from this large-scale survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles were published as reference tables and summary report by the National Centre for Social Research in 2002. This publication has been followed by a high volume of peer-reviewed journal articles and a number of papers are forthcoming.
Viner, R et al. Protective and risk factors for early sexual activity and contraception use among Black and Minority Ethnic adolescents in East London. University College London, City University and Queen Mary, University of London. October 2005.
Long-term consequences of teenage births for parents and their children (2004) Ermisch, J. University of Essex (publication: TPU website, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex website and academic journals)
Analysis of data from the national surveys of sexual attitudes and lifestyles (NATSAL I and II) relevant to an exploration of outcomes of teenage motherhood. Wellings, K. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (unpublished).
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