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New BASHH sexual health advisers and nurses special interest group
  1. Jodie Scrivener1,2,
  2. Jodie Walker-Haywood2,3
  1. 1 Sexual Health Service, Brighton Station Health Centre, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 SHAN SIG, British Association of Sexual Health and HIV, London, UK
  3. 3 Umbrella Sexual Health Services, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Jodie Scrivener, Brighton Station Health Centre, Brighton BN1 3XE, UK; jodie.scrivener{at}gmail.com

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Since its inception in 1922, BASHH (formerly MSSVD/AGUM) has strived to stay up-to-date as new developments in sexual health and HIV emerge. Central to this are the special interest groups (SIGs) where members support the development of specific areas of interest pertaining to sexual health and HIV. Over time, as the role of the practitioner has changed, these groups have been set up to address demand in specialised areas. The BASHH/BHIVA conference in Edinburgh this year saw the launch of the latest SIG.

Nurses have long worked in a supportive role to doctors within sexual health and HIV, but over the last two decades, the role of the nurse has developed. Many nursing staff are now working independently, managing complex patients. The majority of senior nurses are now highly qualified, dual trained in both contraception and STI management, and many are able to independently prescribe. This has become a cost-effective way to manage the increasing workload of services. …

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