Tools

For Healthcare Providers

The NCSH has developed tools to help providers educate patients about services that are recommended for them, and to improve their delivery of high quality sexual health information and preventive sexual health services in clinical practice.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide

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Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide can help healthcare providers better integrate sexual health conversations and recommended preventive services into routine visits with adolescents and adults. By using this guide, providers can:

  • Streamline their sexual history taking
  • Increase their delivery of recommended preventive sexual health services by using “at a glance” tables

  • Improve their care for LGBT patients 

  • Be better prepared to discuss sexual health topics and answer patient questions 

  • Become more knowledgeable about sexual health

Explore the guide's sections by clicking on the links below, or download the entire guide by clicking in the box.

How to Discuss Sexual Health
Sex can be difficult to discuss, but many patients want to talk about it with you. Get tips for ensuring a productive sexual health conversation with your patients.

Asking Essential Sexual Health Questions
Find the essential sexual health questions to ask adults and adolescents at least annually, plus additional questions you can ask to get more information.

Delivering Recommended Preventive Sexual Health Services
Preventive services are a key element to improving and protecting sexual health. Find out which your patients should be getting, and which they shouldn't be.

Responding to Your Patients' Questions
Not always ready to answer questions about sexual health? See sample responses to common questions so you can include all the important elements in your answers.

Information About Recommended Screening Tests
See here for general information about recommended screening tests, including their sensitivity and specificity.

Where to Learn More
Want to learn more about a particular sexual health topic? Visit this list of clinical education and resources.

Take Charge of Your Health: What you need to know about preventive services

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Provide this guide to your patients to empower them to take charge of their own sexual health. This guide focuses primarily on recommended preventive sexual health services, including screenings, vaccinations and counseling, and is intended for adolescents and adults of all ages. It has been pre-tested with the public. Check out the guide's associated smartphone-compatible microsite at www.ncshguide.org.

What's in this Guide?

  • Action steps for achieving good sexual health
  • Information on recommended preventive sexual health services for men and women
  • Tips on how to talk with a healthcare provider
  • Resources on sexual health topics 

Talking with the Public about Sexual Health: Message Frameworks

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Looking to improve communications around sexual health with your patients? Check out “Talking with the Public about Sexual Health: Message Frameworks” to help start the conversation in your practice. These frameworks includes overall messages, benefits, and action steps to good sexual health. 

It’s about honesty. It’s about knowledge. It’s about time.