The first Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework was published by the Scottish Government in 2011. The Framework brought together policy on sexual health and wellbeing, HIV and viral hepatitis for the first time. It set out five high-level outcomes and it sought to strengthen and improve the way in which the NHS, the Third Sector and Local Authorities supported and worked with individuals at risk of sexually transmitted infection (STIs) or blood borne virus (BBVs). The Framework was subsequently updated in 2015 covering the period through to 2020.
Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework Outcomes:
- Fewer newly acquired blood borne viruses and STIs; fewer unintended pregnancies.
- A reduction in the health inequalities gap in sexual health and blood borne viruses.
- People affected by blood borne virus(es) lead longer, healthier lives.
- Sexual relationships are free from coercion and harm.
- A society whereby the attitudes of individuals, the public, professionals and the media in Scotland towards sexual health and blood borne viruses are positive, non-stigmatising and supportive.
The aim of this report is to provide an up to date epidemiological summary of the scale and response to BBVs and STIs in Scotland, highlighting key trends and identifying areas for priority action.