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May 29, 2017

The Joint Annual Conference of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV & the Society for the Study of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Ireland

A Junior Doctor-led Programme is Effective in Education Young People about Sexually Transmitted Infections and their Local Sexual Health Clinic

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Jessica Kearney;

Kartik Subburaj;

Nimlan Shanmugathas;

Harish Patel

sex education

sexual health

sexual health clinic

stis

sexually transmitted infections

junior doctors

screening

education

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sex education

sexual health

sexual health clinic

stis

sexually transmitted infections

junior doctors

screening

education

Abstract

A Junior Doctor-led Programme is Effective in Educating Young People about Sexually Transmitted Infections and their Local Sexual Health Clinic Introduction It is well recognised that people aged 15-24 have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In an area failing to meet national targets on chlamydia detection in this age group and overall HIV testing, junior doctors are delivering sessions to educate young people. The project aims to increase attendance at sexual health clinics and improve sexual health in this high-risk group Methods Since 2012, junior doctors have been visiting secondary schools locally to deliver a 50-minute teaching session to 13-16 year olds covering condom application, symptoms of STIs and accessing their local sexual health clinics. The sessions have received positive feedback from teachers and students.This year a questionnaire has been introduced to quantify pre and post teaching knowledge. Results 374 children across three different schools in the Hastings area completed the questionnaire. Pre-teaching scores included 32.7% on STI symptoms, 25.6% on where the local clinic is and 33.4% awareness of what happens there. The post-teaching scores showed an improvement of 50.4%. 84.2% students reported feeling more comfortable discussing STIs following the session. Discussion We have highlighted that there is a need to provide more information to 14-16 year-olds about the symptoms of STIs and their local sexual health clinic. We have also demonstrated that a junior doctor led programme is an efficacious method of doing this. Education from a young age could contribute towards increasing screening and reducing STI rates.

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