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Sexual health risk assessment in adolescents and young people

SUZANNE RIX, DANIELLE SAMMUT, RICK VARMA

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Abstract

Undertaking a sexual health assessment in adolescents and young people remains a daunting task for many GPs. Being prepared and having a clear framework for assessment helps GPs to be effective in supporting young people to achieve optimal sexual health.
Note
A comment on this article was published in the April 2019 issue of Medicine Today. The online full text and PDF versions (see link above) of this article have been updated.

Key Points

  • Good sexual health includes freedom from sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies, sexual coercion and discomfort (physical or psychological) related to a person’s sexuality.
  • Adolescents and young people are the group most at risk of poor sexual health.
  • Good access for testing and treatment, with appropriate education and health literacy and support are important factors in improving the sexual health of young people.
  • GPs are well placed to provide adolescents and young people support with regard to their sexual health.
  • Effective sexual history taking is the first essential step in helping adolescents and young people achieve optimal sexual health.

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