Objectives To determine the gender, sexual history and reason(s) for visit for under-14s (young people) attending the authors' sexual health clinics.
Methods Analysis of case notes of 242 young people who made a total of 598 visits to a sexual health clinic in Gwent, South Wales, UK between 1 January and 31 December 2003.
Results Of the 242 young people studied, 41% were male and males were responsible for 42% of visits. There was no written record relating to 7% of the total visits. Median age at both first registration and first heterosexual intercourse (when recorded) was 12 years for males and 13 years for females. Some 57% of females and 30% of males were already sexually active at first registration. Details relating to a young person's partner and their experience of sex (e.g. willingness, autonomy and consensual nature of sex) were infrequently recorded, especially for males. 96% of males requested condoms and 99% received them, whilst 72% of females requested condoms and/or hormonal contraception and 86% received them. 35% of females were seen for the consequences of sex (i.e. pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, screening and/or treatment of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies). 80% of these subsequently received condoms and/or hormonal contraception. The majority of young people saw a nurse exclusively (96% males, 71% females).
Conclusions Of the young clients seen, 41% are male. Sexual history details are infrequently recorded, particularly for males. The majority of young people accessing the authors' service are taking action to protect their sexual health and most will see a nurse exclusively.
- clinic attendance
- sexual health
- sexually transmitted infections
- young people
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