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Review: behavioural counselling reduces sexually transmitted infections in adults and adolescentsCommentary

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J S Lin, Kaiser

Dr J S Lin, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland, OR, USA;


Does behavioural counselling to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reduce the incidence of STIs and risky sexual behaviours in adults and adolescents? Does behavioural counselling have other benefits or risks?


Included studies compared behavioural counselling interventions to prevent STIs that could be delivered in primary care settings (individual or small group sessions) with no intervention, a minimal intervention, or an attention control conducted in primary care settings or specialty clinics with adults or adolescents. Exclusion criteria included people with HIV, studies in non-industrialised countries, and community-based programmes. Outcomes were incidence of STIs and self-reported risky sexual behaviours.


Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane …

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