NICE has issued a new quality standard on sexual health, focusing on preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. It consists of six ‘quality statements’ describing high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. The NICE pathway on HIV testing and prevention has been updated to incorporate the new standard.
The quality statements are as follows:
Statement 1: People are asked about their sexual history at key points of contact.
Statement 2: People identified as being at risk of sexually transmitted infections have a discussion about prevention and testing.
Statement 3: Local authorities provide a range of condom distribution schemes tailored to the needs of their populations.
Statement 4: People contacting a sexual health service about a sexually transmitted infection are offered an appointment that is within 2 working days.
Statement 5: Men who have sex with men have repeat testing every 3 months if they are at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.
Statement 6: People diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection are supported to notify their partners.