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SEXUAL HEALTH

The Government is working to:

  • Reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (stis) and HIV
  • Reduce unintended pregnancies (particularly teenage pregnancies)
  • Improve the range, access to and quality of sexual health service provision, with a focus on reducing health inequalities.

Public Health England. Health promotion for sexual and reproductive health and HIV Strategic action plan, 2016-2019. 

Public Health England. Sexual and reproductive health and HIV: applying All Our Health; updated 16 December 2019 

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health https://www.fsrh.org/home/ 

The Association for Young People's Health https://www.youngpeopleshealth.org.uk

Practice Nurse featured articles

Providing sexual and reproductive healthcare in general practice Katherine Hunt

Long term conditions, medication and sexual health Beverley Bostock-Cox 

Treating teenagers Dr Mary Lowth 

Progress in developing sexual health services in primary care is variable. There is potential for extension of the practice nurse role.

Basic services  are as follows:

  • Sexual history taking and risk assessment
  • Testing for STIs in women
  • HIV testing and counselling
  • Cervical cytology screening and referral
  • Contraception information and services
  • Pregnancy testing and early referral to maternity or abortion services
  • Assessment of men with STI symptoms
  • Hepatitis B immunisation

A nurse running a sexual health clinic should ideally have taken a course in contraception and/or sexual health.

 

Sexual and reproductive health care – training and competence recognition, Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare https://www.fsrh.org/education-and-training/

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections Foundation and HIV course and current guidelines on STIs and HIV https://www.bashh.org

e-Learning for Sexual Health and HIV: eHIV-STI Free programme for HCPs.  https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/sexual-health-and-hiv/

 

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