East Sussex sexual health needs assessment

In 2013, East Sussex Council commissioned Options to conduct a sexual health needs assessment. The project included using innovative methods of data analysis and investigation, so that local health leaders could better understand what the sexual and reproductive health needs were among different groups in East Sussex. The sexual health needs assessment included a mystery shopping exercise for young women, targeting pharmacies who were dispensing emergency contraception (free for those under 25 years of age) to assess the quality of provision, analysis of data on HIV testing and sexually transmitted infections to understand how to target groups most at risk (especially in primary care), and mapping of areas of teenage pregnancy to identify areas of high need. The project also used qualitative methods with young people, people living with HIV, and young adults to explore what their health needs were, and how to get services to respond to their needs better. 

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