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Ir Med J. 2011 Mar;104(3):71-3.

New developments in service delivery. Are GP led sexual health clinics acceptable and satisfactory for patients attending?

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Ballymun Family Practice, 1st Floor Civic Centre, Main St, Ballymun, Dublin 9.


Worldwide, sexually transmitted infections (STls) are among the most common causes of disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate why people attend a community based sexual health clinic and the benefits and satisfaction levels of providing this service to them. Phase I of the study was a cross sectional survey. Phase II was a retrospective review. Phase 1: N ='80 (41 F, 39 M - mean age 24.8 (SD 6.49)), 45 (56.3%) requested a general sexual health screen. Phase 2: N = 273, (139 F, 134 M - mean age 23.7 (SD 5.87)) 47 (15.5%/) reported use of condoms, 126(41.6%) do not use condoms ever, while 73 (24.1%) reported using condoms sometimes. 47 individuals (17%) tested positive for chlamydia. Attendees to the clinic expressed a high level of satisfaction overall with the services provided. The low use of condoms amongst a subgroup of patients with several sexual partners and the high level of chlamydia are causes for concern.

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