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How can education be used to increase sexual health screening?

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Key points

  1. There is a pressing need to improve the sexual health of young people aged 16-24
  2. Encouraging this group to take up screening remains a major challenge
  3. Evidence suggests that engaging with young people encourages behaviour change
  4. The experience of a specialist team in Nottingham shows that education encourages young people to take up sexual health screening
  5. Opportunities to reach young people through existing channels using education combined with screening should be exploited

Let’s discuss

  • Why do the under 25 age group have problems talking about sexual health and participating in screening for sexually transmitted infections?
  • How can education be used as part of an STI screening programme?
  • At what age is it appropriate to talk to school pupils about STIs?
  • How would you introduce the subject of STIs to a group of school pupils?
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