A developing NICE guideline to reduce STIs
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have drafted a new guidance due to be revised on the 16th September; it urges local councils across the UK to increase the availability of condoms in an attempt to reduce sexually transmitted infections. Whilst Chlamydia rates have been seen to fall in England over the last 3 years the incidence of Syphillis and Gonorrehea have risen by 76% and 53% respectively. Figures for Gibraltar are currently being developed. The NICE guideline recommends selling low cost condoms to adults, and recommends the provision of free condoms to at risk groups.
The Family Planning Association UK estimated that the NHS cost to treat STIs was around £620 million in 2014; thus condom distribution is considered a cheap and effective way of tackling the rise in STI rates.