HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health project announced by RCGP

Publication date: 18 August 2016

The one-year project will focus on enhancing sexual and reproductive health services, and HIV care in primary care.

The project will initially focus on developing strategies for increasing HIV testing in primary care using online access to HIV tests as part of a broader health screen for those at greater risk of HIV. It will also signpost to existing excellence in sexual health education for primary care and develop educational resources, such as e-learning, where there are gaps.

Dr Philippa Matthews, a practising GP with a special interest in sexual health and HIV and RCGP Clinical Lead for the project, said:

“I am delighted to be able to take up this new post, which offers a great opportunity to further strengthen sexual health, contraception and HIV care in general practice. This work should be effective and rewarding to deliver but there are many barriers. The two main levers of change are education and well thought-out commissioned services, both of which this project intends to tackle.”

Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director for Terrence Higgins Trust, said:

“We very much welcome the integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health in this project. The last decade has seen significant advances in sexual and reproductive healthcare with reductions in teenage pregnancies, improved uptake of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), increasing diagnosis and management of STIs in primary care and acceptance of chlamydia screening. Primary care continues to be the largest provider of this work and GPs and their teams do a lot of work to promote good sexual and reproductive health as part of holistic healthcare.”

“Primary care professionals also play an important role in preventing HIV transmissions and helping people to live well with HIV. Despite significant advances with HIV therapy, the UK still has much to do in terms of tackling the HIV epidemic. Around one in six people with HIV are still not aware of their diagnosis and we need to further develop our approach to HIV testing to tackle this, including working more innovatively and closely with GPs.”
 
Find out more about the RCGP’s Clinical Priorities Programme and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

 

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659
press@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 50,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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