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27 Nov 2007 Sexually Transmitted Infections and Other Sexual Health Information for Scotland

The 2007 version of Sexual Transmitted Infections And Other Sexual Health Information For Scotland was published on Tuesday, 27 November 2007.

This is the third annual report produced by the Sexually Transmitted Infection Epidemiology Advisory Group  (STIEAG) – and published jointly by ISD and Health Protection Scotland.  It is however significantly different from its predecessors in that data relating to other aspects of sexual health have also been included.

There are two main reasons for this change:

  1. Promoting better understanding of the data – STIs are only one consequence of sexual behaviour and changes in their incidence are the result of a number of factors;
  2. Development of a sexual health data depository – Bringing together a compendium of statistics as an accessible resource for people interested in sexual health in Scotland is the approach recommended in the Action 13 work stream of the National Sexual Health Advisory Committee (NSHAC).

The sexual health strategy for Scotland, ‘Respect and Responsibility’, recognises the importance of information as a way of describing and understanding the sexual health of the population and also monitoring change.  This report is intended to contribute to this process.