Sexual health and blood borne virus action plan: 2023 to 2026

This action plan outlines the sexual health and blood borne virus (HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B) priorities for Scotland for 2023 to 2026.

Glossary of terms and acronyms

BBV – Blood Borne Virus - are viruses that some people carry in their blood and can be spread from one person to another. In the context of this document, we mean HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

Chemsex - Sexual activity mostly between men while under the influence of drugs, often taking place with one or multiple sexual partners.

CONUNDRUM - CONdom and CONtraception UNDerstandings: Researching Uptake and Motivations research project18

HCV – Hepatitis C - a blood borne viral infection that causes liver swelling, called inflammation. Hepatitis C can lead to serious liver damage.

HIS – Healthcare Improvement Scotland - A non-territorial NHS Board wit ha remit to regulate independent healthcare and inspects NHS care in Scotland.

HIV – Human immunodeficiency virus - a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, if untreated it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

LARC – Longer Acting Reversable Contraception - highly effective forms of birth control that can last for years at a time. LARC includes the copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD), hormone containing intrauterine device (LNG-IUD), the contraceptive implant and contraceptive injections.

LGBTQ+ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and more. These terms are used to describe a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

MSM – Men who have sex with men - this refers to sexual behaviour alone, regardless of sexual orientation (e.g., a person might identify as heterosexual but still be classified as MSM).

NaSH - NHS Scotland's National Sexual Health electronic patient record and online booking system

NHS – National Health Service

NMARG - National Monitoring Assurance and Research Group

OPSS – Online postal self-sampling service

PHS - Public Health Scotland – A non-territorial NHS Board responsible for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland's people.

PoP - Progestogen-only pill - a method of contraception that contains the hormone progestogen but doesn't contain oestrogen

PrEP - Pre-exposure prophylaxis - medicine that reduces the chances of contracting HIV.

RSHP - Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood - taught as part of Health and Wellbeing, which is one of eight areas of the Curriculum for Excellence.

SHPN - The Scottish Health Protection Network - an obligate network co-owned by its stakeholders from across the health protection community in Scotland

SLWG – Short life working group

STI - Sexually Transmitted infection – an infection spread predominantly by unprotected sexual contact



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