Background/introduction STI screening and treatment of HIV infected individuals is essential for the health of each individual and to prevent onward HIV transmission.
Aim(s)/objectives To audit STI screening among our HIV cohort against 2007 BHIVA, BASHH, and FSRH guidelines on management of SRH of people living with HIV.
Methods Case notes of the first 150 patients attending from 1 January 2014 were reviewed. Data gathered included: Demographics, sexual history taking in the last 6 months, STI screening in the last 12 months and STI diagnoses.
Results 54 patients were female (36%) and 96 male (64%). Average age was 43 (range 17–71). 81 patients (54%) were White British, 53 (35%) Black African. 95 (63%) patients were heterosexual, 53 (35%) gay, and 2 (1%) bisexual. Demographics were representative of the whole cohort (444 patients). Sexual history was documented for 121 patients (81%) in the last 6 months, 78 (64%) reported being sexually active. 14 (12%) reported at least 1 new partner in the last year. 52 (35%) were offered STI screening in the last year and 32 accepted (62%). 9 (28%) were diagnosed with STI(s): Gonorrhoea, chlamydia, warts, LGV, syphilis and hepatitis C. Those reporting partner change were more likely to be diagnosed with STI(s) (58% of those screened vs 10% not reporting partner change, p = 0.002).
Discussion/conclusion A high prevalence of STIs was observed. Sexual history taking is essential to identify those most at risk. However, STIs were diagnosed in those reporting no partner change, supporting routine STI screening among our cohort.
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