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Published: 05 September 2017
Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Key Clinical Indicator (KCI), LARC - 2017
Publication Summary Download pdf file [184kb]
Full Report n/a
Published: 04 July 2017
Teenage Pregnancies
Publication Summary Download pdf file [213kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [863kb]
Published: 30 May 2017
Abortions Statistics, Termination Statistics
Publication Summary Download pdf file [174kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [937kb]

In January 2005 the Scottish Government launched the first phase of Respect and Responsibility: A Strategy and Action Plan for Improving Sexual Health. The policy set out a framework for improving sexual health in Scotland and access to information and services, whilst allowing flexibility for local services to respond to local needs. It recognised that sexual health is not just the absence of disease, but included an intricate range of ethical, moral, cultural and social issues.

This allowed for the development of 'The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework' which combines areas of work surrounding Sexual Health, HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B. It is a multi-agency, cross agenda approach based on five high level outcomes.

The 2011-2015 Framework was published in August 2011. It provided a joined up approach to tackling poor sexual health and blood borne viruses (BBVs) in Scotland and built on the success of the Hepatitis C Action Plan (Phase II), Respect and Responsibility, as well as further developing the HIV Action Plan in Scotland.

On September 2, 2015, the Scottish Government published the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2015-2020 Update. It reports on the progress made since the original Framework was published in 2011, and outlines the specific areas of focus for the next five years.

Further information is available on the Scottish Government's Sexual Health web page:

News and Updates


The Information Services Division is committed to producing information that best meets the needs of our customers. Our Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives publication has, up to and including September 2016, included a one-page summary of main points, a publication report and workbooks containing the data. We intend that from September 2017 this publication will consist of a summary and revised workbooks only. This proposal was outlined in our publication of 20 September 2016 and feedback was sought. We have ascertained that public interest in the publication is relatively low with the main users being small groups of clinicians and users in NHS Boards whose main interest is the data in the tables and charts. No objections were received as a result of publishing the proposal.


Data Collection and Uses of Statistics on Sexual Health in Scotland Download PDF file[41kb] describes the main ways in which users access and use statistics produced by ISD on sexual health in Scotland.

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