Why Do We Need A Sexual History

The rationale for obtaining a sexual history is straightforward. As a healthcare worker you need to be able to undertake an assessment of the risk of the person's acquiring a sexual infection or an unintended pregnancy, or continuing to live with a sexual problem that affects their life (Jones & Barton, 2004). The history will guide the staff as to the most appropriate investigations, the treatment required and the correct follow-up for the person and their partner(s) (Barone & Becker, 1999). A key aspect of every history-taking process is the ability to inform and teach the person, promoting his or her own sexual health and independence (Evans, 2004). If the process is handled effectively and the condition is curable we may never see the person again.

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