Accessible Facilities at Sexual Health Clinics

July 5, 2022
Lorraine Stanley of SWAD Dorset has an update on their campaign on providing accessible facilities at Sexual Health Clinics.
Last week I was a panellist, and also had a separate stand-alone seminar, at the annual conference of BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health & HIV).  So, there were tonnes of sexual health doctors and nurses from across the NHS present, all listening to me talking about disability and sex! ? 
The focus of my session was about the current poor levels of accessibility of sexual health clinics/cervical smear tests/breast screening/prostate checks.
Several of the Q & A topics touched on the difficulties faced by the medical world with engaging with people with disabilities (they’re not sure how to do it).  Also, how to influence colleagues to view the sexual health of their disabled patients as being as necessary as diabetes or cardiac check-ups.  Let’s just say, they know I’m not the only disabled woman in the UK with horny emergencies…..?
This week I met with one of the Dorset CCG team about my research project into sexual health inequalities in my area. They were really positive, and will spread the word about it amongst relevant teams and wider stakeholders. They’re also going to introduce me to their local networks of community groups, which should smooth my path a bit.