Taking a sexual history

Sexual activity is a health behaviour and therefore it is important that doctors are able to gather information about sex confidently and competently. In this consultation, the patient presents to his GP with a worry that he may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. It is important for the GP to enquire about the patient’s risk factors in a sensitive and non-judgmental way. The GP needs to gather information about the patient’s sexual activity and work with the patient to negotiate a plan.

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