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New guidance for nurses on promoting safe sex

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Brief behaviour change interventions should form part of routine practice for nurses working in sexual health settings, according to guidelines on promoting on safer sex from the British Association for Sexual Health and the British HIV Association.

The UK National Guidelines on Safer Sex Advice promote the delivery of behaviour change interventions in GUM clinics and general practice.

The evidence shows as little as two intervention sessions are enough to reduce the risk of acquiring STIs in the future, the guidelines state.

They suggest that clinics work towards creating a cultural change in services, whereby all staff are trained to incorporate behaviour change interventions in their routine practice.

Janet Wilson, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said: “Providing clear, unambiguous, evidence based safer sex advice and using proven brief behaviour change intervention techniques can reduce their risks of contracting and transmitting STIs. 

“These evidence-based national guidelines on safer sex provide important recommendations of how everyone working in sexual health can make every contact count by promoting good sexual health and enabling people to make informed and safe choices about their sexual activity.”

 

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