Initiation of intimate sexual behaviours is natural during the course of adolescent development. GPs are well placed to promote sexual health among adolescent and young adult patients, which includes sexually transmissible infection prevention and screening.
First experiences of sexual arousal, emerging interest in sexuality and initiation of intimate sexual behaviours with others are natural and common during the course of adolescent development. GPs are well placed to offer assessment, anticipatory guidance and preventive care advice about a range of health behaviours, which begin during the second decade of life. It is appropriate for GPs to explore adolescent and young adult patients’ interest in, and experiences of, partnered sexual behaviour, within the context of a confidential consultation.