NICE has released NICE Guideline (NG) 68 on Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes.

In 2011, the cost of treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with the exception of HIV was estimated at £620 million. Condoms can prevent the spread of many STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and HIV. However, there are a number of barriers that dissuade people from using condoms, such as insufficient funds, or pressure from social, religious, or cultural norms and beliefs.

The guideline covers condom distribution schemes with an aim to reduce the risk of STIs, and support broader sexual and reproductive health services (such as preventing unplanned pregnancy).

The recommendations made by NG68 cover the following areas:

  • targeting services
  • multicomponent schemes for young people in health, education, youth, and outreach settings
  • single component schemes.