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Sexual health promotion is low among people with serious mental illnesses, despite higher risk
Date:2/12/2009

hen carrying out clinical procedures ranged from 92% for cleaning and dressing wounds down to 61% for giving an injection.
  • Staff were more aware of the need to wear gloves if they had received drug and alcohol training.

    Reported sexual health promotion

    • Only 30% routinely discussed sexual health with clients and even fewer (18%) explored whether medication caused sexual dysfunction.
    • 81% encouraged patients to use condoms and 29% had condoms available.
    • 57% said education material was available on HIV and AIDS and 39% on sexually transmitted diseases.
    • 63% wouldn't stop patients having apparently consensual sex on a ward.

    "We are concerned by our findings because it means that people with serious mental illnesses are not routinely receiving sexual health information and intervention" says Dr Hughes. "Lack of awareness of the increased risks of schizophrenia and lower levels of glove wearing for some clinical procedures could also pose an infection risk for staff.

    "As a result, we are calling for improved training on the sexual health risks faced by people with serious mental illness and better links between mental health and sexual health services.

    "We would also like to see more research into the kinds of sexual risk behaviours that people with serious mental illness engage in and targeted intervention to make them more aware of, and reduce, the risks they expose themselves to.

    "Finally we would like to see research to identify the prevalence of HIV, hepatitis B and C in people with serious mental illness, as this would be an important step in understanding how serious the problem is in the UK."


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