WHO guideline for brief sexuality-related communication: implications for STI/HIV policy and practice

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Reproductive Health MattersVolume 23, Issue 46, November 2015, Pages 177–184 doi:10.1016/j.rhm.2015.11.009


Brief sexuality-related communication (BSC) aims to identify current and potential sexual concerns and motivate those at risk to change their sexual behaviour or maintain safe sexual behaviour. BSC in primary health care can range from 5 to 60 minutes and takes into account biological, psychological and social dimensions of sexual health and wellbeing. It focuses on opportunistic rather than systematic or continuous communication and can be used in conjunction with already established prevention programs. The informational and motivational techniques of BSC enable health care providers to communicate more effectively with their patients, encouraging them to take steps to avoid HIV and sexually transmitted infections. The WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, following a review and assessment of existing evidence with regards to BSC, has recently published the guideline on Brief Sexuality-Related Communication: Recommendations for a Public Health Approach.

Author: Igor Toskin, Bergen Cooper, Thierry Troussier, Barbara Klugman, Regina Kulier, Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Marleen Temmerman

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