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The Sexual Function and Well-being Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV aims to improve the quality of care given to patients presenting to sexual health clinics with sexual dysfunction and provide a forum for education, training and research. It recently changed its name to reflect the positive evolution from a problem-orientated sexual dysfunction SIG.
The emphasis on sexual function aligns with the WHO definition of sexual health as ‘a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being about sexuality; not merely the absence of disease dysfunction or infirmity’.1 It brings in the biopsychosocial model of care, which is reflected in the shift of the SIG membership from doctors to a truly multidisciplinary group of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social scientists and sex therapists.
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Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti
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Collaborators British Association for Sexual Health and HIV Sexual Function and Well-being Specialist Interest Group of the: Jane Ashby; Joanne Bassett; Hu Clarke; Wallace Dinsmore; Jessica Gaddie; David Goldmeier; Karen Gurney; Karl Hollows; Daisy Holmes; Uday Joshi; Emma McCarty; Ali Mears; Kirstin Mitchell; Agnes Mosobela; Sarah Wolujewicz; Mike Yates.
Contributors All authors have designed concept, contributed to writing and editing the column. The special interest group have contributed to designing and concept and general guidance.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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