Terrence Higgins Trust calls for urgent action on HIV and sexual health

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Commenting on the UK’s latest statistics on HIV and sexual health, Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust said: “Today’s figures confirm that the UK is in the grip of a serious HIV epidemic and is facing record levels of sexually transmitted infections. The Government’s plans for a major sexual health awareness campaign are very welcome. We urge the government to ensure that the campaign has high impact, is sustained and includes carefully targeted information for those most at risk from HIV and sexually transmitted infections.”

He continued: “We know how to improve the nation’s sexual health – the basics of a good sex education, easy access to testing and treatment and increased public awareness would go a long way to reducing the epidemics we currently face. Now is the time for action at both local and national levels.”

The charity is calling for the following actions to help improve sexual health and HIV services in the UK:

Standards and targets for NHS bodies to ensure action on sexual health
Redesigning and modernising services in order to improve accessibility and speed of service delivery
Providing adequate financial, managerial and personnel resources to achieve this
A stronger role for the charity and community sector in designing and delivering services
A stronger focus on service implementation, both locally and nationally