This guideline covers one to one interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and under-18 conceptions. The aim is to reduce the transmission of chlamydia and other STIs, including HIV, and reduce the rate of pregnancies among women aged under 18.
This guideline should be read alongside NICE’s guideline on sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- key groups at high risk of STIs
- people with an STI
- sexual health services
- vulnerable young people under 18 including young women who are pregnant or who are already mothers
Who is it for?
- NHS and non-NHS professionals with responsibility for sexual health services in the public, community, voluntary and private sectors
- Members of the public
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called prevention of sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with complying with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.