Sexual Health Week 2016

12–18 September 2016

This year we took a back to basics look at sexually transmitted infections (STIs), raising awareness about where to test, encouraging condom use and busting some common myths.

In 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England, and rates across the UK remain high compared to other countries in western Europe.

Although lots of young people learn about STIs at school, this isn't consistent and is often just biological, which means infections may not be discussed in the context of enjoying safer sex and relationships. 

It's not just young people at risk of STIs; diagnoses among older age groups have been increasing in recent years and we know it can be difficult for people of any age to talk openly about using condoms or getting tested. 

Our survey

We commissioned a survey of 2,000 people across the UK to find out what they know and think about STIs and we talked about the findings throughout the week.

Download the full survey results (PDF)

Myth busting

There are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about STIs and condom use. We've got the facts.

Tips on safer, healthy sex

We've put together some ways you can look after yourself when you have sex.

Briefing for health professionals

Our briefing has tips on talking about STIs and condoms in consulations and in a pharmacy setting, and links to other helpful guidance. A big thank you to BASHH for supporting the production of the briefing.

Download our briefing for health professionals (PDF)

Posters and resources

Get resources you can download.

Resources to help professionals talk about STIs


Our training team can deliver our popular Sexually transmitted infections: an introduction course at a date and venue to suit you. For those working with people under 25 we offer Contraception, sexually transmitted infections and young people.


Our patient information leaflets on sexually transmitted infections can be used in general practices, clinical, educational and all sexual health backgrounds.

Sexually transmitted infections: A guide for people with learning disabilities is a booklet designed to be accessible for adults with a range of learning disabilities.

Love S.T.I.ngs: a beginner’s guide to sexually transmitted infections, is a comic-strip style booklet which answers young people’s questions about sexually transmitted infections.

People over 50: Relationships and sexual health is for any older people who would like to find out more about staying safe and healthy in existing or new relationships.

Visit our online shop to see our full range of publications.

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