Sexual Health Strategy
The national picture
Nationally there is widespread concern at the increase of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that have been reported at the Genito-Urinary Medicine Services (GUM).
Significant increases have been recorded for all STIs, most notably HIV infection, chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. In each case, the number of new infections has more than doubled since 1996.
Higher rates of infection have placed enormous pressures on those services involved in the treatment and care of those infected. Many services are struggling to meet the increased demand for their services. Similar concerns exist for contraception and termination services, where teenage conception rates are among the highest in Western Europe and the number of abortions continues to rise.
The Haringey picture
These sexual health concerns are mirrored in Haringey. Here there are increasing levels of STIs, high teenage conception rates, high termination of pregnancy rates and an increase in the number of HIV infections.
Sexual health and contraceptive services in Haringey are therefore highly pressured. Sexual health needs of the local population clearly exceed the ability of local services to meet this demand.
Meeting the needs of local people
Against this background, the Haringey Sexual Health Partnership Board has taken responsibility for developing a Sexual Health Strategy and Action Plan. The plan hopes to guide and inform the process of increasing local sexual health capacity to meet the increasing sexual health needs of the people of Haringey.
The Strategy and Action Plan also aim to present a framework in which services can deliver change and improvement in the sexual well-being of Haringey residents.
- Copies of the Sexual Health Strategy and Action Plan can be downloaded in the Attached Files section below.
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