The Guardian this week has featured a report on partnerships in Coventry that bring sexual health and cancer support services into the community. Staff from the Coventry and Warwickshire partnership NHS trust’s integrated sexual health service set up a stand in Coventry’s Central Library every Thursday. They provide testing and sexual health advice. Coventry is also working…
A paper has been published exploring how effective mobile phones and the internet are in providing sexual health education messages to young people. The research, carried out by authors in London and Exeter: reviewed research papers, articles and blogs; interviewed young people (13–24 years old) and parents of teenagers; and talked to doctors, nurses, teachers…
A Cochrane review has identified limited evidence that mobile phone interventions may improve contraception use. Interventions delivered by mobile phone have been designed to improve health outcomes for individuals needing acute and chronic disease management and to facilitate health promotion. These interventions may be designed to improve medication adherence, encourage appointment attendance or promote behaviour…
Public Health England have published a new guide to whole system commissioning for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV, that includes references to the central role of information to support patients and the public to access health care services. The guidance aims to help commissioners ensure that service users experience integrated, responsive services that deliver the…
A Dutch study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has looked at the effectiveness of web based tailored interventions to promote young people’s health. A high percentage of adolescents suffer from mental health problems, and many health-risk behaviours, such as excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, use of drugs, and having unsafe sex, are…
Nominations are now open for the The UK Sexual Health Awards 2013. Organised by sexual health charities Brook and FPA, the event is an opportunity to recognise and reward the hard work and achievements of those people who truly make a difference through their work in sexual health. The awards celebrate excellence and diversity in…
Almost £8 million is being invested in driving down HIV infections and providing information to improve people’s sexual health. The money will go to the Terrence Higgins Trust and FPA (Family Planning Association) over three years. The Terrence Higgins Trust and their partners receive £6.7 million to prevent HIV in men who have sex with men and people from African communities, the groups most affected by HIV in England; and FPA will receive £1.13 million for their comprehensive specialist sexual health information service for the public and health workers.
Age Cymru has published a sexual health and wellbeing booklet for the over 50s. It covers a range of different subjects including the various health issues relating to sexual wellbeing. The booklet also looks in detail at the matters surrounding relationships – from people wanting, finding and starting new relationships; moving on from relationships; people in relationships and single people. The booklet also contains a list of contact details of useful organisation and insightful anecdotes from over 50s about their experiences of sex.
Patients who were sexually active before suffering a heart attack were one and a half times more likely to recapture their sex lives if they received guidance on the topic before leaving the hospital, a new study in the American Journal of Cardiology finds.Sexual activity tends to decline slightly for both men and women during the year following a heart attack and researchers found that many patients who said they did not get medical advice and information prior to hospital discharge either unnecessarily delayed or refrained from sex.
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