Unsafe sex - Public Health Dorset

Unsafe sex

Sexual health covers advice and support around contraception, relationships, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and abortion.

Patterns of sexual behaviour and relationships have been changing, and many different factors influence safer sex behaviour such as; personal beliefs, social norms, peer pressure, culture, misuse of drugs and alcohol, coercion and abuse. Vulnerable groups include young people, sex workers, men who have sex with men and some BME groups.

Child Sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse where an individual or group take advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person into sexual activity. Sexual exploitation has long lasting consequences in all aspects of the child’s life including their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

UKHSA have produced summary profiles of local authority sexual health (SPLASH) that summarise the latest available sexual and reproductive data for BCP and Dorset.

Key statistics

Indicators are drawn from two datasets: Sexual and reproductive health profiles and Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHE).

* indicates a statistically significant difference from the respective English Average.

Unsafe sex key statistics
Indicator BCP Dorset South West England
Under 18's conception rate (rate per 1,000) 12.6 10.6 10.5* 13.0
Chlamydia detection rate / 100,000 aged 15-24 (target is 2,300) 1689* 1033* 1256* 1408
HIV late diagnosis (%) 31.0 45.8 43.3 42.4
New STI diagnoses (exc Chlamydia <25) (rate per 100,000) 553* 434* 429* 619


Data source: Office for Health Improvement & Disparities, Fingertips, accessed on 06/05/2022.

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