Everyone Should Be Doing It: Taking a Sexual History

This course is a comprehensive overview of taking a sexual history. It covers rationale for why we should be taking a sexual history, how to set the stage for success, how to take an actual sexual history, and more. If you're someone who works with patients in a clinical setting, this course could be for you!

At the conclusion of the session, the participant should be able to:

1.     Describe three factors which contribute to obtaining an accurate sexual history. 
2.     Describe two approaches to taking a sexual history. 
3.     Describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration in taking sexual histories.


Alwyn Cohall, MD, Principal Investigator, New York City STD Prevention Training Center; Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center

Gowri Nagendra, MPH, Program Director, New York City STD Prevention Training Center

Jessica Steinke, MPH, Senior Program Manager, New York City STD Prevention Training Center

ORIGINATION DATE: August 1, 2023
EXPIRATION DATE: August 1, 2025
HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Computer Hardware; Internet Connection; Browser
TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, other health professionals
PREREQUISITES: The audience should provide clinical care for patients and take sexual histories.
FORMAT: This activity is Web-based/Web on Demand.
CONTACT INFORMATION: NYC STD Prevention Training Center, nycptc@cumc.columbia.edu 



In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The NYC STD Prevention Training Center.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.


CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies with the exception of Dr. Barbee and Dr. Neu. Dr. Barbee wishes to disclose research support from Nabriva, Hologic, SpeeDx, and Dr. Neu wishes to disclose research support from Melinta and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for this continuing education activity.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

CE instructions are provided after the completion of this course.

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Grant Statement:
This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award 1 NU62PS924586-01-00 totaling $470,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.