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Sexual Health Nursing

News and practice for sexual health nurses

Hepatitis C is prevalent among drug users

From needle exchange to sexual health and beyond Subscription Required

A harm reduction service for users of intravenous drugs run by mental health nurses developed into wider healthcare services for this vulnerable group.

Extending the provision of HIV testing in non-specialist clinics

Extending the provision of HIV testing in non-specialist clinics Subscription Required

The proportion of eligible people who received an HIV test in a non-specialist setting is low and late diagnosis remains a problem in the UK.

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change Subscription Required

Type 2 diabetes is associated with a range of serious complications, and accounts for significant costs to the NHS. Dietary and lifestyle change can reduce its impact.

Nurses are well placed to idenfity and support children at risk of exploitation

Protecting children from sexual exploitation Subscription Required

Child sexual exploitation is increasingly recognised as a problem with potentially devastating consequences. Nurses have a key role in identifying at-risk children.

Using texts to increase access to school nurses

Using texts to increase access to school nurses Subscription Required

A project to make school nursing services in two secondary schools more accessible enabled young people to contact their school nurse using a mobile texting service

Chlamydia trachomatis

Screening for chlamydia would be ‘cost effective’

Chlamydia screening for all pregnant women aged between 16 and 25 is cost-effective, according to an Australian study.

London 'will suffer most' from £200m public health cuts

The Royal College of Nursing has criticised the government’s proposal to apply a blanket 6.2% reduction to all local councils to achieve £200m public health savings next year, warning it would disproportionately hit residents in the capital.

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Nurse-led online triage service launched for STIs

A new nurse-led online triage service for people worried about sexually transmitted infections has been launched by a community health provider in Essex.

Single dose of HPV vaccine maybe as ‘effective as three’

A single dose of the bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine may offer a similar level of protection against HPV-16 and 18 infections, according to research combining data from two large trials.

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Text messages 'boost' teen birth control compliance

Sending teenage girls text message reminders about appointments for birth control injections can improve adherence to contraception in a notoriously noncompliant age group, according to a small US study.

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'Judy Finnigan's comments about rape were foolish and uninformed'

'Judy Finnigan's comments about rape were foolish and uninformed'

Nurses can offer a critical role in supporting women who are victims of rape, but society needs to change its perceptions

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'Community nurses do have the power to save our NHS'

'Community nurses do have the power to save our NHS' Subscription Required

In advance of the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s annual conference, I have been reflecting on the collective power of community nurses to improve the health of our nation - and when I say “community nurses” I mean nurses across the whole range of specialties.

Hiding HIV virus 'flushed out' by skin cancer drug

Hiding HIV virus 'flushed out' by skin cancer drug

“HIV flushed out by cancer drug”, BBC News reports. This headline was prompted by laboratory research showing the promising results of a cancer drug being used to treat HIV.

Modified herpes virus 'could combat skin cancer'

“Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus,” The Guardian reports.

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