BASHH: Centenary of the Venereal Disease Act 1917
BASHH organised a high-profile event to commemorate the centenary of the VD Act 1917, marking 100 years of high quality sexual health services across the UK.
To mark this milestone, Editor-in-Chief Dr Jackie Cassell commissioned a special centenary collection of short historical vignettes:
- Then and now (Extended version)
- Culture of the gonococcus: a reliable gold standard? (Extended version)
- Microbiological techniques
- The discovery of Chlamydia trachomatis
- From testing to screening for STIs
- Confidentiality of sexual health patients’ information – what has history taught us and where do we stand?
- Bacterial vaginosis: going full circle?
- Syphilis: bismuth and the criminalisation of homosexuality
- Talking about homosexuality: lessons learned from 1949
- Partner notification: harmonising the old with the new
- Genital herpes
STI has also released some free audio podcasts on the changes to sexual health services in the UK since the introduction of the Act:
How we treat STIs: Centenary of The Venereal Disease Act
Dr George Kinghorn, a genitourinary medicine physician with 35 years’ experience, talks to Dr Maryam Shahmanesh about the dramatic changes in the treatment of STIs following the Venereal Disease Act, the rise in STI incidence over his professional career, and the challenges facing the provision of specialised sexual health services in the UK in the future.
A century of military sexual health: the origins of the speciality of venereal disease
Dr James Bingham, regarded by many as a father figure of the modern speciality, tells Lt Col Ngozi Dufty about the beginning of the field of venereal disease in the UK and how the origins of the sexual health service developed in consequence of the need to protect the health of the military troops first, and then the general population as a result.