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A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England

Sexual health matters to both individuals and communities. The Government wants to improve sexual health, and our ambition is to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of the whole population. To do this, we must:

  • reduce inequalities and improve sexual health outcomes;
  • build an honest and open culture where everyone is able to make informed and responsible choices about relationships and sex; and
  • recognise that sexual ill health can affect all parts of society – often when it is least expected.

We know that some elements of sexual health have already improved in recent years, but there are important issues that still need to be addressed. We need to: continue to tackle the stigma, discrimination and prejudice often associated with sexual health matters;

  • continue to work to reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) using evidence-based preventative interventions and treatment initiatives;
  • reduce unwanted pregnancies by ensuring that people have access to the full range of contraception, can obtain their chosen method quickly and easily and can take control to plan the number of and spacing between their children;
  • support women with unwanted pregnancies to make informed decisions about their options as early as possible;
  • continue to tackle HIV through prevention and increased access to testing to enable early diagnosis and treatment; and
  • promote integration, quality, value for money and innovation in the development of sexual health interventions and services.