Temporary measures brought in to enable women to take both pills for an early medical abortion at home look set to become permanent. An amendment to the Health and Care Bill, voted through in the House of Commons, reverses an earlier decision by the Government to end the measures. It has been welcomed by royal colleges, medical bodies and organisations working in reproductive health as a decision that follows the evidence – with the telemedical pathway being safe, effective and often preferred by women.
Other items to look out for in this month’s round-up include: changes to the HPV vaccination programme; updated guidelines for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV; a major new survey by the Sex Education Forum showing no improvement in relationships and sex education; a rise in cases of drug-resistant Shigella; and success in the campaign to reduce the price of emergency contraception on the high street.
In this month’s eFeature, project researcher Dr Shardia Briscoe-Palmer introduces the Black Voices on Contraception Choice project – a new series of short videos highlighting the views and experiences of Black people when accessing sexual and reproductive health services.
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