Sexual History-Taking Toolkit

Type: Electronic media,Guide/toolkit
Date: 2009

Download the resources:

Sexual History-Taking Guide: Focus on STIs Sexual History-Taking Guide: Focus on STIs (555 KB)

Appendices: Sexual History-Taking Guide: Focus on STIs Appendices: Sexual History-Taking Guide: Focus on STIs (328 KB)

Content of Appendices:

  • Appendix A: Comfort Scale Self-Assessment
  • Appendix B: Sample History Forms
  • Appendix C: Questions to Ask Pocket Guide (The pocket guide is set up 5" wide x 7" high to print and laminate, if desired.)

About the Videos

The demonstration videos present four dramatizations of sexual history-taking interviews, illustrating situations in which staff assesses whether or not testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV should be done. You will meet:

  • Alison, a 16-year-old adolescent client
  • Marco, a 27-year-old new client
  • Anna, a 30-year-old woman with a long-time partner
  • Nicole, a 29-year-old woman coming for her annual exam

Each scenario is analyzed by experts from the field to give concrete examples of "do's and don'ts". Recommendations for testing are provided at the end of each scenario.


Clinicians, nurses, medical assistants and any reproductive health care staff who interview clients to obtain a sexual history.


The video is separated below into five sections: Introduction, Scenario #1, Scenario #2, Scenario #3, and Scenario #4.


Scenario #1

Scenario #2

Scenario #3

Scenario #4


Producer / Director / Scriptwriter:
Marsha Gelt, MPH, Center for Health Training

Camera / Editor:
Barry Schienberg, Media Mix, Inc.

Linda Creegan, MS, FNP, STD Control Branch, CA; Department of Public Health; California STD/HIV; Prevention Training Center

Script Consultants:
Amanda Newstetter, MSW Center for Health Training
Barbara Kass-Annese, RNCNP, MSN; Rebecca Braun, MPH, California Family Health Council, Inc.
Erica Monasterio, MN,FNP University of California, San Francisco
Jacki S. Witt, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC Title X Clinical Training Center for Family Planning University of Missouri - Kansas City, School of Nursing

Expert Consultants:
Ina Park, MD, MS Clinical STD Fellow California STD Control Branch
Erica Monasterio, MN, FNP, Clinical Professor Division of Adolescent Medicine and Family Health Care Nursing University of California, San Francisco