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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 1999 August;134(4):369-74

language: Italian

Counselling methods for sexually transmitted diseases

D'Antuono A. 1, Calendi M. C. 2, Carlà E. 1, Varotti C. 1

1 Università degli Studi - Bologna, Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica Specialistica e Sperimentale, Sezione di Dermatologia
2 Dipartimento di Psicologia, Servizio Clinico di Sessuologia


According to recent estimates made by the World Health Organization (WHO) the number of new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) recorded annually in the world, points out a growing spread of STD and of HIV infection, especially in developing countries. It is obvious that to face this serious situation, it is necessary to act, above all, in the fields of information and prevention.With this aim, some Italian STD Centers have recently put into practice a new operative technique called “counselling”, in addition to their normal duties of diagnosis and treatment. Counselling allows doctors to have a global opinion of patients, enabling them to overcome the limits of an esclusively clinical approach. At our centre for STD counselling is divided into two periods, which complement each other; one is medical, the other is psychological. A normal medical check follows the usual patterns of the patient’s medical history, examinations, diagnostic tests, diagnosis and treatment, with particular attention to informative and preventive aspects. The three methods used for psychological counselling are: psychological advice, sexuological advice, counselling pre-and post-test HIV (the method of counselling that can be used is chosen taking into account the single situations) which are here described in detail. Monthly meetings are fixed between doctors and psychologist to verify, to discuss and to examine.

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