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Sexual medicine and BASHH
  1. David Goldmeier1,
  2. Karl Hollows2
  1. 1Department of GU Medicine, St Marys Hospital London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Sexual Health, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, Stoke on Trent, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Goldmeier, Department of GU Medicine, St Mary's Hospital London, Praed Street, London W2 1N, UK; david.goldmeier{at}

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What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

The BASHH sexual dysfunction special interest group concerns itself with the management of men and women who suffer psychosexual problems and organic sexual functioning problems, but usually a mixture of both. Our colleagues who do the same work can be found in many other specialist areas, such as Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, Gynaecology, general practice, Psychiatry and even Cardiology. There is also a deal of overlap with RELATE and the College of Sex and Relationship Therapy (COSRT) therapists. Our preference is for the speciality to be called Sexual Medicine.

It is entirely appropriate and logical that patients with sexual dysfunction problems present and are referred to sexual health clinics. NATSAL studies confirm this contention. Sexual Medicine, however, is different from GU …

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