Some Peoples’ Psychological Experiences of Attending a Sexual Health Clinic and Having an STI
Helen Holgate, Ex-Senior Health Adviser
c/o SSHA Research Officer
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Published in SSHA newsletter Spring 1999 and the Journal of the Royal Society, Vol 118, No.2 April 1998
Summary of research topic
This study considers aspects of the experiences of a group of people attending a sexual health clinic and receiving the diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The study was conducted in the form of action research using a qualitative approach. Participants consisted of eight attenders at a sexual health clinic who had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
Counselling skills and techniques were used throughout semi-structured interviews to explore participants’ feelings about these issues. Thematic analysis was used to generate themes of importance to the participants.
Some people who had been to a sexual health clinic and received a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection were found to experience feelings of anxiety, stigma and isolation.