Foreword

Foreword

The Department of Health asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE or the Institute) to produce public health guidance on interventions to reduce the transmission of chlamydia (including screening) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (including HIV) and to reduce the rate of under 18 conceptions, especially among vulnerable and at risk groups. This guidance focuses on one to one interventions to prevent STIs and under 18 conceptions.

The guidance is for NHS and non-NHS professionals who have a direct or indirect role in, or responsibility for, sexual health services. This includes those working in local authorities and the education, community, voluntary and private sectors.

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) has considered the reviews of the evidence, an economic appraisal, stakeholder comments and the results of fieldwork in developing these recommendations.

Details of PHIAC membership are given in appendix C. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix D. Supporting documents used in the preparation of this document are listed in appendix E. Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and activities and stakeholder comments, are available on the NICE website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and the Institute's supporting process and methods manuals.