Reproductive and sexual health – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

Funding cuts to the public health grant have affected sexual and reproductive health budgets, access to services across England varies, and the UK Government is yet to publish its national sexual health strategy. The overall rate of decrease in maternal deaths has slowed, and ethnic disparities have increased. Young people and those from deprived areas are more likely to have abortions. However, the roll-out of pre-exposure prophylaxis is a significant measure to reduce HIV transmission and the introduction of compulsory relationships, sex and health education in England may advance knowledge of reproductive and sexual health.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on reproductive and sexual health.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021