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One of the key objectives of the Department of Health's recent Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England1 is to reduce the rates of STIs among people of all ages. The document emphasises that “It is essential that there is collaboration and integration between a broad range of organisations…” and recommends “joined-up provision that enables seamless patient journeys across a range of sexual health and other services… (including) primary, secondary and community settings”.
It is timely, therefore, that this edict coincides with the revision of the UK national guideline on managing STIs and related conditions in primary care, produced jointly by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). Originally produced as an informal booklet for local GPs in the north of England, it rapidly evolved to become the first UK national guideline on STI management for GPs and was published in 2006.
It has now …
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