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The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011-2015, 25/08/11 [S]

The Scottish Government has set out their agenda in relation to sexual health, HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B for the next four years.

For the first time, these four policy areas have been brought together into a single integrated strategy. It adopts an outcomes based approach anchored by effective shared ownership and joint working with a strong focus on challenging inequalities.

In addition to the economic case for continuing to address the effects of blood borne viruses and seeking to improve sexual health and wellbeing, there is existing and emerging evidence of the need for and value of joined-up working in these areas. Specifically:

  • the impact of inequalities: those most at risk across the Framework are amongst the most vulnerable members of society and subject to both health and social inequalities;
  • the importance of the Early Years agenda across the sexual health and blood borne virus policy areas;
  • increasing evidence of cross-agenda working at practice and policy level by stakeholders and within Scottish Government;
  • similar prevention, testing and treatment issues;
  • the importance of providing a person-centred service, addressing all of an individual's health and wellbeing needs; and
  • co-infection epidemiology.
The Framework does not mandate that structural change is necessarily required to deliver on outcomes. The need for structural change should be determined by local circumstances against consideration of the Framework Outcomes. The document also provides a number of recommendations for NHS Boards, Local Authorities, Third Sector agencies and other partners which set out the key approaches or deliverables that will support achievement of the outcomes.

For full details see The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011-2015 which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011-2015