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A systematic review of behavioural interventions for preventing sexually transmitted infections in young people is published by SHTAC

Published: 27 February 2012
Systematic review published

A paper summarising a systematic review on behavioural interventions for preventing sexually transmitted infections in young people is now available on the Health Education Research journal website.

The paper entitled "Behavioural interventions for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in young people aged 13-19 years: a systematic review" is now available online from the Health Education Research journal website.  The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme and found that intervention effects on behavioural outcomes, such as condom use, were generally limited however they did not demonstrate a negative impact (e.g. earlier sexual initiation).  The review suggests that future research could draw on one of the more effective studies reviewed and could explore the effectiveness of ‘booster' sessions as young people move from adolescence to young adulthood.  The full report including an economic evaluation is freely available from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme website.

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