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Looking After Sexual Health

Sexual health is a vital part of our health and wellbeing across the life course. From a very young age, when children are developing their identities, to adolescents who we aim to support in developing the skills and knowledge they need to make positive choices about their body and relationships now and in the future.

Public Health has a mandated responsibility for delivering sexual health interventions and services that are open to the entire population. Their priorities in providing these are:

  • To maintain a focus on prevention;
  • Support positive sexual health throughout the life course; and
  • Ensure accessible and equitable contraceptive and sexual health services for all of Cornwall and its residents.

They provide services through a number of commissioned services and health improvement programmes. These range from open access contraception and GU services across a range of forums including sexual health clinics, GPs, community pharmacists and over 200 centres signed up to our condom distribution scheme. In addition to this, work is being done with schools, parents and the community to deliver comprehensive relationship and sexual health education across formal and informal settings.

Poor sexual health does not affect people equally and therefore targeted work and support is undertaken for groups who carry the burden of poor sexual health. These groups include young people, men who have sex with men and black African men and women.

Cornwall has a high HIV late diagnosis rate and has not met the target Chlamydia detection rate. This means more needs to be done to ensure that those who may be at risk are accessing screening and treatment as soon as possible. There is also a need to continue to provide messages about safer sex and effective contraception as protection from both unintended pregnancies and STIs.

Looking after sexual health - find out why this issue is important for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and what is being done locally to address it.

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