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Section 1
Section 2

- Objectives
- Prevention
- Education
> Assessing
- Skills Training
- Behavioral
- Couples
- Peer Groups
- Contraceptive
- Dual Method
- Alternative
- Male Condom
- Negotiating
- Reaching
- Correct Use
- Promotion
- Female
- Correct Use
- Resource
- Resource
- Summary

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Section 2 - STD Prevention

Counseling: Assessing Risk

Provider Assessing Risk of client
  • Questions for assessing client risk
    • multiple partners?
    • partner with symptoms?

  • Clients at risk should receive
    in-depth counseling

Counseling should be nonjudgemental,
confidential and individualized

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Counseling is necessary to assess each client’s risk for STDs. Counseling also helps clients acquire skills needed to reduce this risk.

There are no clear guidelines to measure STD risk. But providers may find that a client’s answers to specific questions can strongly suggest a high risk. For example, a person with multiple sexual partners who is not using condoms is clearly at risk. Also, people whose partners have STD symptoms are at high risk. Other variables, such as young age and being unmarried, are less indicative.

People at risk should receive in-depth counseling to reduce risky behavior.

Some FP/MCH providers may not have the time or resources to conduct formal STD counseling. But, in the setting of individual counseling, they can at least encourage clients to think about how they can prevent sexually transmitted diseases. In general, counseling should be nonjudgmental, confidential and individualized.



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