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Multidisciplinary peer-led sexual and reproductive health education programme in France, a prospective controlled-study

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Background: Sexual education is an international priority to promote sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and to reduce risky sexual behaviour. Experts recommend holistic and comprehensive SRH peer-led education. In 2018, the French government launched a new public peer-led health prevention programme called the "Service Sanitaire" (SeSa), consisting of health education provided by healthcare students (peer educators) to teenagers. For the first time in France, the impact of the programme was prospectively evaluated during its first year to examine whether the programme improved the SRH knowledge of healthcare students and teenagers. Risk perception and risky sexual behaviour among these populations were also evaluated. Method: A prospective multicentre controlled study was conducted from November 2018 to May 2019. SRH knowledge was compared before and after the SeSa programme, and the evolution of this knowledge was compared, with linear regression, between healthcare students part of the SRH SeSa programme and those who were part of another programme. The same analysis of knowledge was performed with respect to teenagers who received SRH interventions as part of the SeSa compared to teenagers who did not participate in a specific SRH education programme. Risk perception and risky behaviour were studied before and after the programme among healthcare students and teenagers. Results: More than 70% of the targeted population participated in the study, with 747 healthcare students and 292 teenagers. SRH peer educators increased their knowledge score significantly more than other peer educators (a difference of 2.1 points/30 [95% CI 1.4-2.9] (p [between group] < 0.001)). Teenagers participating in the SeSa interventions also had a greater increase in their knowledge score than the other teenagers (+ 5.2/30 [95% CI 3.2-7.4] p [between group] < 0.001). There was no evidence of change in sexual risk behaviours for the healthcare student population. Conclusion: The "Service Sanitaire" programme significantly improved the sexual and reproductive health knowledge of peer-educator healthcare students and teenagers compared to a classic education programme. Longer and/ or qualitative studies are needed to evaluate changes in sexual behaviour as well as positive impacts on sexuality.
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inserm-04050665 , version 1 (29-03-2023)

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Anaïs Nuttall, Julien Mancini, Camille Lizin, Sabrina Hamzaoui, Sophie Mariotti, et al.. Multidisciplinary peer-led sexual and reproductive health education programme in France, a prospective controlled-study. BMC Public Health, 2022, 22 (1), pp.2239. ⟨10.1186/s12889-022-14583-x⟩. ⟨inserm-04050665⟩
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