Nurse-led sexual health clinics in schools prove popular

Young people are more likely to use sexual health services if they can access them in schools, according to research.

Dr Debra Salmon, reader in community health at the University of West England, evaluated a pilot scheme which took place at 16 Bristol schools.

The nurse-led drop-in sexual health clinics proved popular with hard-to-reach groups including boys and vulnerable young people who would not otherwise have received advice.

The evaluation reported high levels of satisfaction with the service and also found that young people are attending for information prior to their first sexual intercourse and were using the broad range of services provided, including contraception, STI testing and advice about relationships and delaying sex.

The research was presented at the RCN’s 2009 International Research Conference in Cardiff, Wales.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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