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Health visitors should discuss STIs with at risk patients

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Health visitors should have one-to-one structured discussions with individuals at high risk of sexually-transmitted infections, according to latest guidance.

Health visitors should have one-to-one structured discussions with individuals at high risk of sexually-transmitted infections, according to latest guidance.

NICE has published recommendations on how to halt the rising numbers of STIs and to prevent under 18 conceptions.

It said health visitors should regularly visit vulnerable women aged under 18 who were pregnant or already mothers, and discuss with them how to prevent or get tested for STIs and how to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Catherine Law, chair of the public health interventions advisory committee at NICE, said: 'We recommend a clear focus on those most at risk such as those from disadvantaged communities, men who have sex with men, and vulnerable young people, with an emphasis on prevention in one-to-one structured advice and discussion.'

www.nice.org.uk

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