Western and Northern Health & Social Care Trusts, Northern Ireland
The events of the last six months have led to a rapid revolution in health care provision. Sexual health services in the UK and beyond have adapted quickly in response to social distancing restrictions and lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been some silver linings: in some settings, years of service development have occurred within weeks and online testing programs have been a vital component in enabling new care pathways. Effective provision of care has been achieved via the use of telephone and internet without the need for service users to attend the clinic, and many have already expressed a preference for these novel care pathways. As we move forward in the context of uncertainty we will need to decide which aspects of our new services should remain and determine those that should return to clinic-based, face-to-face care and we must consult with service users to help guide these decisions. Access for vulnerable populations must remain top priority and all services must be mindful of the existence of any digital divide in their local population.
34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
TAMING THE TIDE of STIs & HIV
Bucharest, September 3-5,