The first-ever workshop on sexual health provision in Welsh prisons was recently conducted by the Health Protection team.
The workshop saw various health professionals working in the fields of sexual health and prison health coming together at a national level and making a collaborative effort to determine action points to take forward within their respective health boards.
Findings from the Welsh Government's 'Review of Sexual Health in Wales' were discussed in the meeting. The review showed that several prisoners experience longer waiting times when accessing sexual health services. Additionally, they fail to receive the same level of access to the different testing methods available in community clinics across Wales.
One of the key action points decided in the workshop was providing more consistent training to healthcare and custodial staff in prisons regarding sexually transmitted infections. The workshop also set the stage for a prospective pilot of chlamydia and gonorrhoea self-testing across three prison sites in Wales.
Christie Craddock, Project Lead for Sexual Health in Prisons at Public Health Wales said: "This workshop allowed professionals who work in within the field of prison sexual health in Wales to meet each other and start to develop supportive working relationships."