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An observational study of the impact of the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games on the sexual and reproductive health services in Glasgow, Scotland

Rebecca Metcalfe A C , Rebecca R. Acquah A , Janine Simpson A , Gwendolyn Allardice B and Andrew Winter A
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A Sandyford Sexual Health Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 2-6 Sandyford Place, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 7NB, UK.

B Health Services Section, Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, West House, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, 1055 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XH, UK.

C Corresponding author. Email: rebeccametcalfe@nhs.net

Sexual Health 13(5) 480-483 https://doi.org/10.1071/SH16011
Submitted: 20 January 2016  Accepted: 11 May 2016   Published: 4 July 2016

Abstract

Background: Large sporting events have raised concerns about the effect on the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of visiting and resident populations to the host city and increased demand on SRH services. However, there is little evidence to support these concerns. The aim of this study is to investigate if the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games had an effect on the service demands of a Glasgow city-wide integrated SRH service. Methods: Electronic patient records, city-wide pharmacy data and case note review was used to assess aspects of SRH; this included overall attendance at integrated services, clinic and community emergency contraception prescriptions, victims of sexual assault, acute sexually transmissible infections (STIs), post exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE) prescriptions, condom distribution and termination of pregnancy. Results: There was a significant decrease in core sexual health attendances, total acute STIs and emergency hormonal contraception prescriptions. There was no change in PEPSE prescriptions or the number of reported sexual assaults throughout the city. Conclusions: This study found no evidence that the 2014 XX Commonwealth Games placed any increased demand on the local SRH services, and showed no increase in STIs, emergency hormonal contraception prescriptions or sexual assaults. These findings will help service planning in host cities hosting future large sporting events.

Additional keywords: service planning, STIs, emergency contraception, service demand, sporting events.


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