Genito-urinary Medicine

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th October 2017.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps Public Health England has taken to support the commissioning of condom delivery, open access sexual health services and STI screening, focusing on groups at highest risk, as part of the implementation of the Health Promotion for Sexual Health and HIV Strategic Action Plan 2016 to 2019.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England (PHE) has developed guidance and evidence for condom distribution schemes with key stakeholders which can be accessed here:

www.brook.org.uk/about-brook/c-card-guidance and

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng68

PHE provides local intelligence and data and direct support to local authorities to ensure that local Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV services are best designed for local population needs.

PHE commissioned ‘Making it Work’, a guidance document on whole system commissioning of sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/408357/Making_it_work_revised_March_2015.pdf

PHE has run a series of local workshops with commissioners and providers to use surveillance, monitoring and quality assurance data to improve the effective targeting of resources and improve the quality of national chlamydia screening for young people.

PHE funds the delivery of different aspects of sexual health promotion including addressing HIV in those communities most at-risk of infection and the provision of authoritative information on reproductive and sexual health including sexually transmitted infections. PHE also co-commissions with participating local authorities a national on-line HIV self-sampling service.

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