— Ellie Broughton

UK sexual health cuts on Tonic, Vice’s health site

In the midst of cuts and rising rates of infection, there was one good news story for sexual health in the UK this year: In March, sex and relationship education (SRE) was made compulsory in state schools in England. Evidence collated by the Sex Education Forum backs the decision up, as do STI rates (and teen pregnancy and abortion stats) in countries that already provide good quality, age-appropriate, comprehensive SRE.

The FPA welcomed the Government’s decision but its chief exec pointed out that in order to be effective, funding must be allocated to ensure schools will be supported through teacher training and have access to high quality resources.

And if the government can’t find the money for sexual health services, how can the public expect it to pay for the sex ed they’ve promised?

I spoke to UK GPs and policy experts about the UK’s sexual health cuts for Tonic, Vice’s health website.

See my last article for them, What Was It Like To Go To The Doctor in 1610?, on the same site, and if you like reading about health you might also like my work for NetDoctor: