Posted by:20 February, 2012
- Article: Wallis A (2012) Education to increase sexual health screening. Nursing Times; 108: 8, 20-21.
- Author: Andrew Wallis is a sexual health outreach nurse, Sexual Health Outreach Team, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.
- There is a pressing need to improve the sexual health of young people aged 16-24
- Encouraging this group to take up screening remains a major challenge
- Evidence suggests that engaging with young people encourages behaviour change
- The experience of a specialist team in Nottingham shows that education encourages young people to take up sexual health screening
- Opportunities to reach young people through existing channels using education combined with screening should be exploited
- Why do the under 25 age group have problems talking about sexual health and participating in screening for sexually transmitted infections?
- How can education be used as part of an STI screening programme?
- At what age is it appropriate to talk to school pupils about STIs?
- How would you introduce the subject of STIs to a group of school pupils?
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