Talking about sex in the HTC clinic

Talking about sex can be uncomfortable when it's about you! And bringing up the topic at your HTC can be a challenge, particularly in a busy clinic environment.

In this series of Q&As, haemophilia physiotherapist Scott Russell facilitates an expert panel discussion with A/Prof Chris Barnes, Penny McCarthy, Simone Sheridan and Alex Coombs to remind us that talking about sex and exploring is a very natural and normal part of a healthy sexual life - even if it can be a bit embarrassing.

Please note: These videos discuss intimate relationships, sexual acts and parts of the body in clear language. Some people may not be comfortable with this content.

Talking about sex in the clinic
Embarrassing questions
Helping patients to ask questions about sex
About the series

These videos are excerpts from the Q&A that was included in the Sex, sexuality and intimacy session at the 2021 Australian Conference on Haemophilia, VWD and Rare Bleeding Disorders. View the rest of the session.

Scott Russell, haemophilia physiotherapist, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
A/Prof Chris Barnes, haematologist and Haemophilia Treatment Centre Director, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Penny McCarthy, Haemophilia Nurse Consultant, Ronald Sawers Haemophilia Centre, The Alfred, Melbourne
Simone Sheridan, Sexual Health Nurse Consultant, Austin Hospital, Melbourne
Alex Coombs, Social Worker, Ronald Sawers Haemophilia Centre, The Alfred, Melbourne

Date last reviewed: October 2022