Sexually transmitted infection


We collect data on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from laboratory positive diagnoses using the Electronic Communication of Surveillance in Scotland (ECOSS) system. 

Annual surveillance reports are available on the following acute STIs:

For further information on symptoms and where to get a test, please visit the NHS Inform website.



The Blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections report, produced by our BBV and STI team, describes the epidemiology of Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, HIV and other STIs in Scotland to the end of December 2016. It also describes the impact of interventions in preventing infection and associated disease and highlights public health priorities. The report also signposts readers to other existing Scottish reports and data sources, these are available on our website. The commentary is structured around the outcome indicators detailed in the Scottish Government’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) Framework, 2015 to 2020.

View our latest STI reports:

Data and surveillance

Data on chlamydia, gonorrhoea and genital herpes are extracted from the Electronic Communication of Surveillance in Scotland (ECOSS) system. This system is updated daily with positive, and some negative test results, from all Scottish diagnostic and reference laboratories.

In 2009, the universal use of ECOSS by testing laboratories in Scotland came into effect. As a result, trends observed since then aren't directly comparable to those prior to this.

View information and data for the specific infections below:

View Scotland's Sexual Health Information (SSHI 2013): Health Protection Scotland Slide Set

Sexual health and blood borne virus framework

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework, first published by the Scottish Government in August 2011 and updated in September 2015, brought together policy areas on sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBVs), namely human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV). The framework supports improvements in sexual health and wellbeing and addresses the impact of BBV infection in Scotland. The framework seeks to strengthen and improve multi-agency partnerships to address the five high-level outcomes:

  1. Fewer newly acquired BBVs and STIs; fewer unintended pregnancies
  2. A reduction in the health inequalities gap in sexual health and BBVs
  3. People affected by BBVs lead longer, healthier lives
  4. Sexual relationships are free from coercion and harm.
  5. A society whereby the attitudes of individuals, the public, professionals and the media in Scotland towards sexual health and BBVs are positive, non-stigmatising and supportive.

Sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) open access data portal

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) Open Access Data Portal contains a wealth of information in a format which should allow users to easily monitor Scotland's progress, both nationally and locally, against the Scottish Government's SHBBV framework outcomes.