Framework for Sexual Health Improvement

A framework for sexual health improvement was published in 2013

The Government wants to improve sexual health, and our ambition is to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of the whole population. To do this, we must:

• reduce inequalities and improve sexual health outcomes;

• build an honest and open culture where everyone is able to make informed and responsible choices about relationships and sex; and

• recognise that sexual ill health can affect all parts of society – often when it is least expected.

The government plan to do this by:

continuing to tackle the stigma, discrimination and prejudice often associated with sexual health matters;
continue to work to reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) using evidence-based preventative interventions and treatment initiatives;
reduce unwanted pregnancies by ensuring that people have access to the full range of contraception, can obtain their chosen method quickly and easily and can take control to plan the number of and spacing between their children;
support women with unwanted pregnancies to make informed decisions about their options as early as possible;
continue to tackle HIV through prevention and increased access to testing to enable early diagnosis and treatment; and
promote integration, quality, value for money and innovation in the development of sexual health interventions and services.
Sexual health needs vary according to factors such as age, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, and some groups are particularly at risk of poor sexual health. It is crucial that individuals are able to live their lives free from prejudice and discrimination. However, while individuals’ needs may vary, there are certain core needs that are common to everyone.

For more on this framework; click here