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3 08 Sexual Health


  • Sexual health is a UK government priority
  • HIV continues to be one of the most important communicable diseases in the UK. The number of people living with HIV in the UK continues to rise and around 1 in 4 of those infected are unaware of their infection. General practice has a role in caring for patients with HIV and assessing the risk of having undiagnosed HIV [1]
  • Rates of  sexually transmitted infection (STI) continue to rise, in some cases dramatically [2]
  • Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK remain high, as do abortion rates
  • General practice has an important role in the management of sexual health problems, taking a holistic and integrated approach
  • Sensitive, non-judgemental communication skills are essential

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Sexual Health' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Maria is a 26-year-old postgraduate student. She has moved to the UK from central Africa and has been registered with you for nearly two years. You note she attends infrequently but has had three abortion requests in this time. She has come to see you today because she has missed her last period and is requesting another abortion. ....

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.     

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