Updated STI guidance for Primary Care

November 2016

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

With growing numbers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, being diagnosed in general practice in the UK, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have updated their popular UK national guidelines on the management of STIs and related conditions in general practice.

The booklet Sexually Transmitted Infections in Primary Care was originally published in 2006 and was an instant success with health professionals. It covered the management of all STIs relevant to primary care and was written in concise format, providing background information, management options, tests and treatments.

The updated 2013 guideline is an easy to use PDF document with links within the text allowing quick navigation. Charts and tables compliment bullet-point advice and newly written algorithms help with management options. It can be downloaded for free from both the RCGP and BASHH websites.

Author Dr Neil Lazaro, a member of the Clinical Effectiveness Group of BASHH and the RCGP Sex, Drugs, HIV and Viral Hepatitis Group, said: “This booklet has been written in an informal and shorthand way, designed to be quick to use during a GP consultation. It provides GPs with pragmatic management options for the ‘Friday afternoon consultation’ and will also alert clinicians to the possibility that they may actually be dealing with a patient with an STI. Dysuria in a male, for example, is often a symptom of sexually acquired urethritis rather than a UTI.”

Sexually Transmitted Infections in Primary care 2013 is available in PDF format and may be downloaded for free from the RCGP and BASHH websites.

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