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Sexual Health

Sexual health covers a range of areas that includes contraception, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and termination of pregnancy. The role of nurses, midwives and health practitioners working across all areas of this specialty is to provide high quality care and treatment focusing on the individual needs of patients, safeguarding, behaviour change and prevention. Use this guide to find information resources about sexual health including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 18/02/2021

Key Resources

Guidance cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Female genital mutilation. RCN guidance for sexual health care. London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2020) Genital examination in women. A resource for skills development and assessment. London: RCN.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Screening and Cervical Cancer Royal College of Nursing (2020) Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical screening and cervical cancer. London: RCN.
RCN - sexual health and reproductive health Royal College of Nursing (2019) Sexual and reproductive health: education, training and career progression in nursing and midwifery. London: RCN.
RCN: Sexual Health education directory
  • This resource highlights training and qualification requirements for registered nurses, midwives, health advisers and nursing associates as well as unregistered health care support staff working in sexual health.
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RCN sexual and reproductive health 006962 Royal College of Nursing (2018) Sexual and reproductive health. RCN report on the impact of funding and service changes in England. London: RCN
Department of Health (2013) A framework for sexual health improvement in England. London: DoH.
NICE Evidence search: Sexual health
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Aggleton Aggleton P, Parker R and Thomas F (2015) Culture, health and sexuality: an introduction. London: Routledge.
Benge Benge M (2014) Sexuality and sexual health for individuals with a learning disability: a care quality guide for health and social care staff and carers. Hove: Pavilion Publishing.
Coffee Coffee G, Fenning P and Welsby P (2016) Promoting youth sexual health: home, school, and community collaboration. Abingdon: Routledge.
Everett Everett S (2014) Handbook of contraception and sexual health. 3rd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
Guillebaud Guillebaud J (2020) Contraception today. 9th edn. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Healey Healey J (2015) Discussing sexual health. Thirroul, NSW: Spinney Press.
Melville Melville C (2015) Sexual and reproductive health at a glance. Chichester: Wiley.
Mulhall Mulhall J and Hsiao W (2014) Men's sexual health and fertility: a clinician's guide. New York: Springer.
Percy Percy L and Mansour D (2020) Contraception made easy. 2nd edn. Banbury: Scion.
Wylie Wylie K (2015) ABC of sexual health. 3rd edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Book subject searches

Use these links to see details of books the RCN libraries hold on each topic.

Journal articles

Use these links for details of journal articles on each topic.


Sexual health journal Journals of interest for sexual health. Use these links to see details of availability.

Upcoming events relating to this subject guide

  • 02 Nov 2021 Online

    RCN Fertility Nursing Forum Conference

    Join us for this virtual conference as we explore fertility nursing through a global pandemic.

  • 25 Nov 2021 Online

    RCN Wales Domestic Abuse Conference: Tackling Difficult Conversations

    This conference will explore the perceptions of surviving domestic abuse and the domestic abuse cycle, discuss how healthcare staff can be supported if exposed to domestic abuse, and consider the impact of domestic abuse on children, the promotion of trauma informed approaches to practice and demonstrate an example of best practice in supporting families. You do not need to be based in Wales to join us for this event.  

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