TEENAGE SEXUAL HEALTH IN A UK COMMUNITY GENITOURINARY (GU) MEDICINE CLINIC CAN WE IMPROVE FURTHER?

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Shagufta Zia
Muhammad Mahto

Abstract

Objective:

 

To describe a profile of teenage sexual health problems with an aim to improve the age specific

Methodology:

 

≤

19 years old) attending a community GU

medicine clinic in UK was performed (April 2007 to March 2008). Data was collected on age, gender,

contraception use, number of teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections in the past / current, and

regular screening for STIs & HIV.

A retrospective record analysis of young people (

Results:

 

 

≤

19 years old. Their mean age, mean sexual debut age and average number of sexual partners

 

were 17.6 years, 14.8 years and 5.8 respectively. Ninety percent of males and 29% females had received

oral sex. Condom usage was 21% in males and 28% in females. Only 57% of females used contraception,

13% of teenagers having been pregnant. Uptake of STI &/or HIV testing were 92.9% in males and 100%

in females. STI rates were higher in females as compared to males (22.5% versus 17.8%, p = 0.03).

Chlamydia and genital warts were statistically higher in females (8.1% and 12.3 %) than males (5.1% and

5.1%; p = 0.046 and 0.023). Fraser competency was documented in only 77% cases.

A total of 3328 patients attended our GU medicine clinic over 12 months. Of these, 411 (12.3%)

were

Conclusion:

 

Teenagers form a significant proportion of our GUM attendees with increase risk of

pregnancy and STIs/ HIV, hence a dedicated high quality integrated sexual health clinic may help to

reduce morbidity associated with STIs in young people.

services.

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Zia S, Mahto M. TEENAGE SEXUAL HEALTH IN A UK COMMUNITY GENITOURINARY (GU) MEDICINE CLINIC CAN WE IMPROVE FURTHER?. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Dec. 5 [cited 2022 May 28];25(4). Available from: https://www.jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/1140
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