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Despite progress in recent years the UK continues to have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), with some population groups disproportionately at risk of poor sexual health. It is widely accepted that effective commissioning of services and interventions is key to improving health outcomes.
To support commissioners and providers in this aim and to help them achieve high quality services for the populations they serve, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, and MEDFASH (Medical Foundation for HIV & Sexual Health) have comprehensively revised and updated the Standards for the management of STIs,1 originally published in 2010.
There has been a momentous change across the health commissioning landscape in England since the original standards were launched. Local authorities are now mandated to commission …