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Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV Policy eBulletin

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The December issue of the Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV Policy eBulletin.

The Local Government Association has published a new report warning that local sexual health services are at breaking point, with funding for services severely reduced in recent years. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health met last month to discuss key areas where action is needed on workforce challenges.

To coincide with World AIDS Day on 1 December, the UK Health Security Agency highlighted the continuing decline in HIV transmission, but noted that the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress towards eliminating transmission.

Other items to look out for in this month’s round-up include: a consultation on the clinical guideline for intrauterine contraception; a new report from MBRRACE-UK on maternal deaths and health inequalities; an updated service standard for obtaining valid consent in sexual and reproductive healthcare services; new HIV treatment guidelines; and a briefing on the latest evidence around relationships and sex education.

In this month’s eFeature, Helen Peters, Manager of the Integrated Screening Outcomes Surveillance Service (ISOSS) reflects on the success of antenatal screening and HIV treatment in reducing vertical HIV transmission and explains the work of ISOSS.

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