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UK diploma examinations in genitourinary and HIV medicine
  1. Deborah Williams1,
  2. Duncan Churchill1,
  3. Daniel Richardson1,2,
  4. Mette Rodgers3
  1. 1 Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  3. 3 Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Croydon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Richardson, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK; daniel.richardson{at}

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The Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine (DipGUM), originally called the Diploma in Venereology, has been running since 1973, hosted by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in Blackfriars, London. The Society of Apothecaries was founded by the Royal Charter in 1617 and is one of the few livery companies in the city of London to remain professionally based. The ancient hall has recently been refurbished; few professional exams take place in a more spectacular environment; it is almost worth taking the exam just to visit!

The DipGUM is an internationally recognised qualification and is one of the exit examinations for genitourinary medicine (sexual health and HIV) higher specialist trainees in the UK. A third of candidates are specialty doctors, general practitioners and other doctors working in STI services, including integrated contraception, STI and sexual health services. To apply to take the examination, candidates are required to have at least 3 months of full-time or equivalent part-time current clinical experience in STI work and …

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