SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Manish Sachdeva, MD

Doctor at Urology Clinic and Assistant at the Department of Anatomy; Medical University – Pleven, Bulgaria

 

Sexual health awareness has been a topic of discussion for decades but it’s importance and the way it is communicated with populations has been an issue for even longer. Health services are becoming better but are still not catering to the needs of young people and adults who want to be educated about sexual health. Young people are now more aware about sexual health than their parents and this is a positive progression. Gradually people are becoming more comfortable talking about sexual health but there are many even in adult age who do not know about contraception, about clinics for sexual health, or who they can talk to etc. 

 

Most people (young or adult) that go to a clinic seeking advice nowadays, will have researched on the internet beforehand. In recent times health professionals are usually second in turn. Especially with teenagers, they can be shy, unwilling to talk to their GP about sexual health and they look to the internet. Information there is easily attainable, convenient and can be gathered privately. But it’s not always a reliable source, reading up on wrong or inaccurate information can worsen the situation because naturally, people spread this knowledge. What young people want from online is clear, easily understandable and reliable content. A recurring theme amongst young adults is that they consider the source, which shows they care whether what they’re reading is reliable or not. 

There was a study on medical students to gauge their understanding of sexual health. From a questionnaire they separated the results by their year of study and gender. There was clear knowledge of STI’s, contraception and confidentiality but had poor knowledge of abortion rates, rate of failure of condoms and had inaccurate knowledge of some significant sexual health topics. There is a trend to note, women are more aware of sexual health (in terms of contraceptives and sexual health in general) than men. Women also tend to go to the GP more often concerning sexual health than men. Education about sexual health in medical schools needs to improve.

 

Young people are vulnerable to the teachings of adults, which is why it is imperative that adults are well educated, this could be parents, teachers and health professionals. It is proven that young adults who are taught about sexual health by their parents and teachers at an early age are more aware of their health, the importance of contraceptives and condoms and go on to practice safe sex. Doctors should be competent enough to take a sexual history as this is a basic medical skill. One of the most important factors to consider for healthcare professionals is confidentiality, being highly requested amongst people and especially the youth and especially towards sexual health. It is important to stress to people that their information remains disclosed. For healthcare givers, it is crucial to ensure they are educated with information backed by science because being misinformed puts patients in danger. When patients attend clinics concerning sexual health (or other related queries) doctors and nurses should know what to offer in terms of tests and carefully guide patients about how to prevent further issues.


NAME Manish Sachdeva ACADEMIC TITLE MD

PRESENT POSITION
Doctor at Urology Clinic and Assistant at the Department of Anatomy: Medical University- Pleven.
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NAME AND ADDRESS OF INSTITUTION OR ORGANISATION
The Clinic of Urology
University Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment "Dr. Georgi Stranski", Pleven
8A, Georgi Kochev St., 5800 Pleven, Bulgaria

EDUCATION
February 2005 – February 2011, Medical University Pleven
2014 - present, Specialty in Urology

POSTGRADUATE OR FURTHER TRAINING
GCP training, 29-Oct-2018

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS
Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2012
Medical Officer at the Institute of Kidney and Urology, Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon, India, 2014

CLINICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Yes

OTHER ACTIVITIES PERTINENT TO PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION
Membership: European Urological Association, Société Internationale d'Urologie