Why Scotland Needs a National STI Postal Testing Service


Addressing access to sexual healthcare services is a major public health concern, with poor sexual health linked to a range of adverse health effects.

Poor sexual health continues to disadvantage communities already marginalised by socio-economic and health inequalities. This has led to an increasing interest among services and policy makers in exploring strategies that improve access to sexual healthcare in Scotland. One such strategy is the provision of remote sexual healthcare services like STI postal testing.

This research explores the awareness and understanding of STI postal testing in communities at a higher risk of poor sexual health and blood-borne viruses, using data from Pride events in 2022, contextualised within Waverley Care’s wider research and existing international literature.