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.
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.
- 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.