School clinics could improve sexual health

Opening up drop-in clinics in schools could help to improve the sexual health of young people, new research suggests.

A study by researchers at the University of the West of England analysed the potential of a pilot scheme offering drop-in sexual health clinics at schools in Bristol.

Nurses or youth workers provided contraception, advice and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections.

Researchers found that young people welcomed the service and that it was particularly useful in accessing boys and vulnerable young people who would otherwise probably not have sought advice on their sexual health.

Councillor Peter Hammond, deputy leader of Bristol City Council, told Nursing in Practice: "The findings of this research show how important it is for young people to have access to advice and help with sexual health issues in a setting that is convenient to them.

"Parents should be reassured that the confidential service will always include advice that young people should talk to their parents about their situation."


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