One practice nurse in six has not been trained in contraception and sexual health, while 40 per cent have not had updated training in the past two years.
The survey of 1,000 practice nurses across England conducted by the National AIDS Trust found that practice nurses are eager to do more to help improve sexual health and are often the first port of call for patients who have sexual health concerns.
However, they also felt that they did not have sufficient training or resources to help these patients.
In response to the survey, Durex has announced that it will offer 10 practice nurses sexual health training bursaries worth £500 each.
Apply for a bursary at www.durexchange.co.uk