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President’s musings
  1. Olwen Williams1,
  2. Claire Dewsnap2,3
  1. 1 Department of Sexual Health, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Bangor, UK
  2. 2 Genitourinary Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3 British Association of Sexual Health and HIV, Macclesfield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claire Dewsnap, Genitourinary medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK; claire.dewsnap1{at}

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Sometimes we need reminding who we are and what our objectives are. BASHH—The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV—is the biggest organisation of its kind worldwide. Its objectives are

  • To promote, encourage and improve the study and practice of diagnosing, treating and managing STIs, HIV and other sexual health problems.

  • To innovate and deliver excellent tailored education and training to healthcare professionals, trainers and trainees in the UK.

  • To determine, monitor and maintain standards of governance in the provision of sexual health and HIV care.

  • To advance public health in relation to STIs, HIV and other sexual health problems.

  • To champion and promote good sexual health and provide education to the public.

It is important that BASHH does not stray into the realms of being a trade union but offers appropriate support to its members.

So who runs BASHH ?

It is the members! The President is effectively the CEO supported by the Officers (executive directors) who each take responsibility for different areas of the Association’s activities. All …

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