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.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: Pocket Cards

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These three quick-reference pocket cards — one focusing on adults, one on adolescents, and one a combination on both adults & adolescents — allow healthcare providers to access essential sexual health questions and preventive service recommendations in a clear and concise format. 

Find the essential sexual health questions to ask adults at least annually, plus recommended preventive services.

One side featuring essential sexual health questions to ask adolescents, as well as how to prepare for a sexual health interview, and the other side detailing the recommended preventive services and tips to improving care with LBGTQ adolescents.

Adult & Adolescent Combo
One easy-to-read card that includes the essential sexual health questions to ask both adults and adolescents at least annually.

Compendium of Sexual & Reproductive Health Resources for Healthcare Providers

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This compendium was created to help primary care providers and others improve their clinical skills in this area by compiling existing resources on sexual and reproductive health topics across the lifespan. Practical, high quality resources found in this compendium include the following:

  • Webinars, videos, and other online trainings, many of which grant continuing education units
  • Toolkits and implementation guides
  • Skill-building tools, such as checklists, screeners, and self-assessments
  • Curricula, and more

Take Charge of Your Sexual 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

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

If you'd like to customize the guide to include your logo or contact information, utilize the white space on the back cover to add your information using a PDF editor. If you choose to send the guide to a professional printer, download the print ready PDF which includes bleeds. A designer or professional printer can edit the back page of the PDF using the InDesign files to include your logo and/or contact information as well.

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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.