HC Deb 21 May 2003 vol 405 c844W
Mr. Dhanda

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make advice leaflets on sexual health available in more languages. [113729]

Ms Blears

Primary care trusts are responsible for providing sexual health services and information which is accessible and appropriate to local needs.

The Department of Health will shortly publish practical guidance for those undertaking sexual health promotion and HIV prevention locally. It will emphasise the importance of providing information in community languages relevant to local needs, including interpretation services where appropriate.

The Department funds HIV information resources for African communities in English and French. A pilot African AIDS Helpline is currently available in English, French and three other African languages. The national sexual health information line is available to non-English speakers through use of the Language Line translation service.

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