Distribution and characteristics of sexual health service provision in primary and community care in England

M Yung, R Denholm, J Peake, G Hughes

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The objective of this paper was to identify and describe enhanced sexual health services (ESHSs) commissioned for testing, diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in primary and community care settings in England. ESHSs commissioned by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England were determined by telephone survey. Further information on service provision was collected by a follow-up email survey. By April 2009, 464 ESHSs had been commissioned to offer testing, diagnosis and treatment of STIs. Most providers were enhanced general practices (56%). Two in five PCTs did not offer any ESHSs and five PCTs had neither genitourinary medicine services nor ESHSs. Among 52 ESHSs that responded, screening and partner notification strategies varied. The distribution and characteristics of ESHS provision in England are heterogeneous emphasizing the need to establish clear clinical care pathways between services. Routine reporting and analysis of service activity could help ensure provision meets local needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-2
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • Community Networks
  • Electronic Mail
  • England
  • Health Services
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Primary Health Care
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Journal Article


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