Sexual wellbeing goes beyond the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It includes having respectful relationships, satisfying and pleasurable sexual experiences, and the freedom to make informed choices. However, STIs remain an important indicator of overall sexual health. Black people in England continue to be at higher risk of STIs than the general population. Rates of gonorrhoea and chlamydia are more than three times higher in Black communities compared to the general population[1]. There are a number of access barriers that prevent Black communities from getting the health care and information they need, from social and economic inequalities to experiences of racism and discrimination.

In addition, spending on sexual health has fallen by £64 million (10%)[2] over the past four years despite increasing demand for services, leading to the decommissioning of a number of sexual health clinics. We believe these cuts to spending will lead to further exacerbating sexual health inequalities. 

[1] PHE(2017) Infographic: Sexually transmitted infections and chlamydia screening in England, 2016

[2] The King’s Fund(2017) Big cuts planned to public health budgets