Sexual and reproductive ill-health can affect anyone – often when it is least expected. An unplanned pregnancy or diagnosis of a complex sexually transmitted infection can have a significant impact physically and mentally, sometimes with knock on effects of stigma resulting in discrimination and further impact on education, employment, housing and social care need
Achieving good sexual health is complex and the sexual health needs of the population continue to evolve. Over the past few decades there have been significant changes in dating and relationships, and how people live their sexual lives including personal attitudes and beliefs, social norms, peer pressure, confidence and self-esteem, misuse of new drugs and alcohol, coercion and abuse.
This has led to changes in risk taking behaviour such as increased average number of sexual partners, expansion of heterosexual repertoires and chemsex.
Services must adapt to these changing needs to ensure the best outcomes for our local population.
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
To understand the current situation in Leicestershire, a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) was completed in September 2019.
The recommendations in this strategy reflect those findings which included a review of the current national and local sexual health outcomes, services, evidence base and evaluation of the Leicestershire Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2019.
The draft Strategy
This Strategy sets out our priorities up to 2023 for what we can do as a council to support good sexual health across Leicestershire.
Our strategic vision for good sexual health in Leicestershire is for:
The people of Leicestershire to make informed, positive choices about their reproductive and sexual health to reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV).
The draft strategy identifies five key priorities that support us in our goal of providing good sexual and reproductive health services to our population.
The priorities identified within the strategy, centre around the themes of:
- Choice around sexual and reproductive health
- Flexible, accessible services for all
- Fulfilling reproductive intentions
- Reducing health inequalities
- Partnership working
Have your say
We are seeking your views on the proposed priorities for Leicestershire and whether you have further comments and suggestions on the content of the strategy.
Please consider the following questions when submitting your comments:
- What do you like about the five priorities?
- What concerns, if any, do you have with any of the five priorities?
- Are there any particular people or groups that you think might be disadvantaged by any of these priorities?
The consultation opens on 1 April 2020 and will run for 8 weeks, closing at midnight on 31 May 2020. Comments can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0116 305 0705.
What happens next?
When the consultation closes, we will analyse the feedback and review the proposals.
The reviewed proposals and consultation findings will be presented to the council’s cabinet in June where a decision will be made on how to proceed.
If you require clarification or assistance on any of the information provided above, please email email@example.com or call 0116 305 0705.