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Sexual health (SH) and HIV services in England and Wales have separate legislation (National Health Service (NHS) VD Regulations 1974 and STD Directions 20001 ,2) to allow patients greater anonymity when accessing care. Following the Health and Social Care Act of 2012, the Department of Health is updating the laws around confidentiality and wishes to repeal the Regulations and Directions so that the same laws apply for all NHS patients. British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) is opposed to these changes and carried out a survey to garner patient opinion. Our clinic participated in this survey.
The survey form explained the current laws, proposed changes and their potential …
Contributors AS generated the idea and initiated the alternative survey. CS analysed the survey results and wrote the first and final drafts of the letter. AS contributed to the revisions of the letter.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.