A PUBLIC consultation on the future shape of targeted HIV and sexual health services is being run by Somerset County Council’s public health team.

It is reviewing how its prevention and HIV support services are provided in the county to ensure people at greatest risk are supported to look after their own sexual health and access the right support.

Its funding of around £150,000 a year will be maintained and the aim is for the new way of providing support to be finalised in the New Year with no interruption to support when the contract ends.

Anyone with an interest in HIV and sexual health prevention and HIV support can give their view at somersetconsults.org.uk

Cllr Christine Lawrence, the county's cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: "It’s been four years since this service was designed and now is the right time to look at how we do things.

"There have been all sorts of developments in approaches, practices and technologies so we will be looking at how they could be incorporated to make these services as effective as possible."

You can also share your views by e-mailing TPS@somerset.gov.uk or speaking to staff at any of the county’s sexual health clinics by December 24.