December issue of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Policy eBulletin out now
Date: 09 Dec 2021
Type: FSRH News and Information
The December edition of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Policy eBulletin is out now. The edition includes a number of significant Government policy developments in relation to Worlds AIDS Day, including the publication of the long-awaited HIV Action Plan for England – aiming to reduce new infections by 80% by 2025. Other updates in the edition include the Shaping Abortion for Change (SACHA) collaborative study to build a comprehensive evidence base for new directions in abortion care, funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
In this month’s eFeature, Hannah Ward, Director of Policy at National AIDS Trust, takes a closer look at the HIV Action Plan. Hannah argues that the Plan contains important new commitments that are all a substantial step in the right direction. She also acknowledges however that, for the Government to deliver on ending new transmissions by 2030, it will also need to ensure more sustained investment in sexual health and HIV services to tackle ongoing sexual health inequalities, rebuild capacity and increase access to all communities affected by HIV.
This month’s eBulletin also covers the latest HIV statistics from UKHSA showing the impact of COVID-19 on patient interactions with sexual health services and HIV outpatient care; recently released research from Brook on the impact of online spaces for LGBT+ young people; as well as broader policy developments such as the passage of the Health and Care Bill and changes to Sir Keir Starmer’s Shadow Cabinet.