Resources for Healthcare Providers
ASHA is committed to developing tools and educational materials to help providers meet the sexual health needs of their patients, as well as guiding providers to resources to help improve patient care. The section of our site is designed to serve as a clearinghouse of information on sexual health for healthcare professionals, including continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) and resources for patient education.
Continuing Education—Free Credit Available
ASHA produces continuing education for providers on various sexual health topics. Currently available programs include programs related to cervical cancer screening and management, presented by Ina Park, MD, Associate Professor, Family Community Medicine , at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and Rebecca B. Perkins, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Improving Adherence to Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines (Podcast)
Updates to Cervical Cancer Management Guidelines (Podcast)
Two additional programs address the topic of genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM). The first is a one-hour webinar discusses GSM with a focus on vulvovaginal atrophy, with faculty Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD, director of the section of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center/MedStar National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery, and Karen Tang, MD, a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon and director of the Center for Women’s Surgery at Axia Women’s Health. The second includes a discussion between Dr. Iglesia and a patient discussing their experiences working together to diagnose and treat the patient’s GSM.
Taking a Sexual Health History
The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) offers a number of resources for healthcare providers, including a tool to use when taking a sexual history and all of the questions to ask. These questions include the 6 Ps—partners, practices, past history of STIs, protection, pregnancy, and plus.
The 6th P—plus—was created by the National Coalition for Sexual Health to address pleasure, problems, and pride. The 6th P explores sexual satisfaction, functioning, concerns, and support for one’s gender identity and sexual orientation.
Wondering how to talk about the 6th P? The NCSH offers a series of videos that help providers learn how to talk about these topics and how it improves patient care.
The 6th P: A New Approach to Sexual History Taking
Talking About Problems During a Sexual History
Talking abut Pleasure During a Sexual History
Talking About Pride During a Sexual History
ASHA has also developed resources to help providers educate their patients and promote sexual health care. The Health Is Power toolkit is designed for organizations to promote sexual health among young African American men (ages 18-30) through a multi-phased campaign. The downloadable toolkit includes customizable posters and postcards, social media content, web banners and sample “Drop-in” website articles. The Yes Means Test campaign aims to reduce the stigma around STD tests, with a specific focus on promoting recommended chlamydia screening in young women under 25. Campaign materials can be found on the website of the National Chlamydia Coalition, which also offers resources on improving chlamydia screening rates through an opt-out screening strategy. Finally, the One-Two Punch: Knocking Out HIV and Syphilis Co-infection initiative is designed to educate North Carolinians about our state’s higher risk for HIV and syphilis and the need to talk with healthcare professionals about testing for both infections.