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Genital dermatology special interest group
  1. Parameswaran N Sashidharan1,
  2. Christine Bates2,
  3. Sarah Edwards3
  1. 1Department of Sexual Health, Homerton Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2LCSH, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3Department of GU Medicine, Suffolk Community Healthcare, Bury St Edmunds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Parameswaran N Sashidharan, Homerton Sexual Health Service-Clifden Centre, Homerton University Hospital, London E9 6SR; Parameswaran.Sashidharan{at}

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The BASHH Genital Dermatology (GD) Special Interest Group (SIG) evolved from the Joint Colposcopy and GD group following the BASHH Spring meeting in New York in 2008. It was recognised that colposcopy was declining in genitourinary medicine (GUM) practice, and interest was increasing in the management of genital skin conditions, in which the colposcope could be used as a tool. Use of the colposcope for high-resolution anoscopy saw the colposcopy component being dropped, as the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Specialist Group were more appropriately placed to develop its use, but we continue to work closely together, having run joint BASHH scientific sessions over the recent years. The name of the SIG was changed to GD SIG in November 2013. The SIG aims to provide continuing medical education and thus improve quality of patient care.

Further development of the group and redefining of its remit have seen some of the original members continuing in new roles, and fresh faces providing new impetus and support, which saw us revisit the trainee survey …

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  • Contributors All three authors (members of the BASHH GD special interest group) contributed to the discussions leading to the development of this article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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