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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

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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Ealing Council

Exclusive: Concern as councils seek to cut-back on public health nursing

Council plans to slash school nursing and sexual health services by 50% have been labelled a “cash-grab opportunity”, sparking fears that other financially stretched local authorities will follow suit.

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Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire nurse celebrates over 50 years of NHS service

A contraception and sexual health nurse from the Ribble Valley has reached the milestone of working for over 50 years in the health service.

Gonorrhoea

Study seeks alternative antibiotic for ‘untreatable’ gonorrhoea

Researchers from one of the country’s largest hospital trusts have begun recruiting patients to a study that is seeking to find alternative antibiotics to treat drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea.

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Does mandatory training have to be boring?

In his book Do No Harm retired neurosurgeon Henry Marsh described the irritation of taking time away from his work to sit though mandatory training.

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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.

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.

Combined contraceptive pills 'increase risk of blood clots'

“Women who take the latest generations of contraceptive pills are at a greater risk of potentially lethal blood clots,” The Times reports.

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