HIV Scotland response to Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework consultation

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Thursday 2nd October 2014

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011-2015 will come to an end early next year. HIV Scotland submitted a response to the Scottish Government on the current framework and what should come next for Scotland's response to HIV.

We believe the review of the Sexual Health and BBV Framework creates a timely opportunity to review progress, identify where improvements are needed and bring stakeholders together to ensure that HIV is truly a priority for everyone.

The full response we submitted (see below) sets out a range of ways we believe the new framework could be made more effective. In summary, we are calling for the new Framework to:

  • Set out an overall direction for work in relation to sexual health and blood borne viruses by defining the overarching vision, principles, and objectives, and establishing a broad model for action to achieve that vision;
  • Shape services and programmes in accordance with the recommendations of Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services;
  • Include a decisive shift towards community empowerment, the fulfilment of people‚Äôs rights, and the reduction of stigma;
  • Contain a commitment from the Scottish Government that it will investigate the provision of mandatory sexual health education across Scotland;
  • Incorporate the recommendations of the 2014 WHO Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care for Key Populations;
  • Incorporate consideration of new developments in HIV, such as self-testing, home-sampling and treatment as prevention;
  • Include a clear performance and accountability framework, setting out timescales and areas of responsibility - beyond just the NHS; and
  • Include outcomes and indicators relevant to the range of supports which people access, and the issues which matter most to them - looking beyond just health and social care.

Read the HIV Scotland response in full >