On September 2, 2015, the Scottish Government published the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2015-2020 Update. It reports on the progress made since the original Framework was published in 2011, and outlines the specific areas of focus for the next five years. At the same time, the Framework's Outcome Indicator Data and Hepatitis C Treatment and Therapies Group Report was published:
The 2011-2015 Framework was published in August 2011. It provided a joined up approach to tackling poor sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBVs) in Scotland and built on the success of the Hepatitis C Action Plan (Phase II), Respect and Responsibility, as well as further developing the HIV Action Plan in Scotland:
Sexual Health Scotland aims to get people to be more open about sex, encouraging them to discuss sensitive issues as well as providing accurate information on topics such as; whether they are ready to have sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, various types of contraception including condoms and longer lasting reversible contraception, HIV testing and treatment and where to get further help.
Viral hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of the liver and can lead to serious illness and death if left untreated. Although there are many types of Hepatitis the Framework tackles issues of hepatitis C and hepatitis B. More information about Viral Hepatitis can be found through the National Third sector agency Hepatitis Scotland.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) affects the body’s immune system, attacking the body’s defenses against disease making it less able to fight infections and more vulnerable to illnesses. If left untreated, HIV can cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) seriously harming the body’s immune system, resulting in serious illness and even death. More information about HIV can be found through the National Third sector agency HIV Scotland.