- Questions for assessing client risk
- multiple partners?
- partner with symptoms?
- Clients at risk should receive
Counseling should be nonjudgemental,
confidential and individualized
Counseling is necessary to assess each clients 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 clients 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
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.