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Are you confident giving sexual health information to young people?

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Article:

Hadley A, Evans DT (2013) Teenage pregnancy and sexual health. Nursing Times; 109: 46, 22-27

Authors:

Alison Hadley OBE is director of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange, University of Bedfordshire; David T Evans is senior lecturer in sexual health, University of Greenwich.

 

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Statistics on teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections in young people
  • Steps being taken to enhance young people’s sexual health
  • The role of nurses in reducing teenage pregnancy

 

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

Sexual health in general, or specifically young people and sexual health. This article gives some facts and figures relating to conception and infection rates, but also talks about what can be done to improve things.

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

Conversations around sexual health are often difficult, but they can be even harder to broach with a young person who may find the topic embarrassing or awkward. This article acknowledges this and gives guidance on how to tackle teenage pregnancy and STI rates at an individual level.

If you have a placement with a school or practice nurse, you may find this article particularly helpful as you are likely to come into contact with this patient group.

 

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

How can you overcome embarrassment and put a young person at ease when talking about sexual health?

Why do you think the under-18 conception rate is higher in the UK than other countries?

STUDENT NT DECODER

Conception
Literal translation – the fusing of a sperm and ovum to create a new organism.
In this context, this refers more broadly to pregnancy.

Contraception
Methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy, eg condoms or the contraceptive pill

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