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Health Promotion - Sexual Health

Sexual Health Toolkit

This toolkit includes a great deal of information as it aims to be a comprehensive resource for both pharmacists and those who design and implement new care pathways.

For pharmacist practitioners, this toolkit aims to:

  • Provide a comprehensive document around sexual and reproductive health resources, with guidance and support for further education and training.

For a wider audience of NHS staff and service developers, the toolkit aims to:

  • Outline and support the integration of pharmacy into care pathways for sexual and reproductive health, with useful tips and solutions to support new service developments.

Due to the nature of sexual health services, the majority of this information is aimed at primary care practitioners. However, practitioners in secondary and specialised care settings will find this a useful resource that details community care, with the potential to link with colleagues across different care settings to share expertise and deliver a more integrated service.

Source: rpharms.com
Pharmacy Resource: Toolkit
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Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Produced with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) to support the commissioning and provision of high quality care for STIs across all settings.

These standards bring together for the first time the key elements of best practice that people seeking help in relation to STIs are entitled to expect, whichever service they choose to attend. The effective management of STIs, as specified in the standards, will improve health outcomes for individuals, protect the broader public health and contain costs to the NHS.

The standards are formally endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Health Protection Agency, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Society of Sexual Health Advisers and the Genito-Urinary Nurses Association, all of whom were represented on the project advisory group.

Source: medfash.org.uk
Pharmacy Resource: Standards
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Sexually Transmitted Infections in Primary Care

Royal College of General Practitioners Sex, Drugs, HIV and Viral Hepatitis Group
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)

Source: bashh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Guidance
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Advice about buying self-test kits for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Worried that you might have a sexually transmitted disease?

Source: webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Pharmacy Resource: Factsheet
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Sexual health - Live Well - NHS Choices

Talking about sex
Sex and young people
Focus on chlamydia
STIs
Good sex
Fertility
Trans health
Gay health
Menopause

Source: nhs.uk
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Sex: Worth Talking About - NHS Choices

Talking about sex doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think. Whether it’s knowing about your contraceptive choices, explaining STIs, coping with emotions or understanding your body, you'll find straightforward information and advice to make it easier to discuss everything to do with sexual health, right here.

Source: nhs.uk
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SeXelearning

sexelearning - a Website containing an eLearning Programme for professionals new to the area of Sexual Health Promotion. The programme is available for use by professionals across Northern Ireland, but we welcome any interested professionals from other areas.

Source: hscni.net
Pharmacy Resource: e-Learning
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CPPE
Sexual health in pharmacies

Learning objectives: On completion of all aspects of this learning programme the learner should be able to:

  • describe the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of the most common sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and access reliable sources for keeping that knowledge up to date
  • advise clients on how to reduce the risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections
  • contribute to the development and implementation of sexual health services and campaigns developed by local commissioners and the local sexual health clinical network, and refer and signpost clients appropriately within that network
  • cascade training on knowledge, skills and attitudes to pharmacy staff to ensure a seamless service
  • take an appropriate sexual history, including risk assessment for HIV and hepatitis B(AB)
  • describe the importance of partner notification(EB)
  • complete an appropriate sexual health consultaton including regard to confidentiality, completion of required paperwork and good clinical governance
  • reflect on and assess their sexual health counselling competence over time.
Source: cppe.ac.uk
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Professionals - Healthy Respect

Healthy Respect strongly endorses a multi-faceted approach integrating information, education and services to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of young people. As part of this, Healthy Respect develops and supports professional networks to ensure professionals working with young people and parents have access to quality information, training and resources. Confidentiality and child protection can be sensitive areas of work for professionals. In all aspects of sexual health work with young people, Healthy Respect seeks to clarify policy and challenge media misconceptions, so that professionals can work with confidence.

Source: healthyrespect.co.uk
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Best practice guidance for doctors and other health professionals on the provision of advice and treatment to young people under 16 on contraception, sexual and reproductive health

Doctors and health professionals have a duty of care and a duty of confidentiality to all patients, including under 16s.

This guidance applies to the provision of advice and treatment on contraception, sexual and reproductive health, including abortion.

Potential Q&As

All young people under 16 have a right to confidential advice from health professionals about sexual health/STIs, contraception and relationships.

Source: webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk
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The Family Planning Association

We’re a sexual health charity. We give straightforward information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

Source: fpa.org.uk
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a guide to - Safer Sex

Leaflet produced by the Clinical Effectiveness Group of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV

Source: bashh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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Fertility UK

Fertility UK is the national fertility awareness & Natural Family Planning service for the UK.

The service provides comprehensive and objective information to the general public and health professionals on all aspects of fertility awareness.

Source: fertilityuk.org
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Contraception

There are several types of contraception available, but none is 100% effective (apart from abstinence) and some have possible side effects. Not all methods suit everyone due to different personal preferences and an individual’s medical history, so it is advisable to discuss the issues with a nurse or doctor before making a decision. All methods of contraception are available free on the NHS from reproductive and sexual health clinics and some GPs.

Source: womens-health-concern.org
Pharmacy Resource: Factsheet
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Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Guidance
Contraception for Women Aged Over 40 Years

This guidance provides evidence-based recommendations to guide clinicians, women and couples in making decisions about contraceptive choices, including stopping contraception. It is beyond the scope of this guidance to make recommendations on management of the perimenopause and use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), except in the context of contraceptive use.

Source: fsrh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Guidance
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Contraception for the older woman

Many women are aware that their fertility declines from their mid 30s and think they can stop using contraception once they are in their 40s. They wrongly assume – because their fertility is lower, they have less sex and their periods may have become irregular – that contraception can be abandoned. However, women do still get pregnant in their late 40s and even into their 50s (without using assisted reproduction techniques), so contraception should continue to be used every time they have sex if pregnancy is to be avoided.

Source: womens-health-concern.org
Pharmacy Resource: Factsheet
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Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Guidance
Contraceptive Choices for Young People

This guidance is most relevant to young people under 18 years of age but may also apply to young people up to the age of 25 years. The guidance is intended for use by health professionals providing contraceptive services to young people.

Source: fsrh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Guidance
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Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Guidance
Postnatal Sexual and Reproductive Health

This document provides guidance for health professionals on sexual and reproductive health in the postnatal period (i.e. delivery from 24 weeks gestation onwards).

Source: fsrh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Guidance
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Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Guidance
Barrier Methods for Contraception and STI Prevention

The document provides evidence-based recommendations and good practice points for health professionals on the use of barrier methods to prevent pregnancy and/or reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Source: fsrh.org
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Guide: Oral emergency contraceptives as pharmacy medicines

Sections on this page

  • Diagram on decision-making for the supply of oral emergency contraception
  • Product characteristics
  • When to refer
  • Supply to patients representative
  • Advance supply of oral emergency contraception
  • Long term contraception and sexual health
  • Vulnerable adults and children
Source: rpharms.com
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Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Guidance
Emergency Contraception

This document updates previous Faculty of Sexual Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) guidance and aims to summarise the available evidence on emergency contraception (EC). The guidance is intended for use by health professionals providing EC.

Source: fsrh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Guidance
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Brook

Brook is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25.

Source: brook.org.uk
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Education For Choice

EFC is now a project of Brook, the young people's sexual health charity.

Education For Choice supports young people’s right to informed choice on abortion by:

  • delivering workshops for young people – in schools and pupil referral units in London
  • providing evidence-based information and resources – around the world
  • training health and education professionals – across the UK
Source: efc.org.uk
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention

This guideline covers one to one interventions to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and under-18 conceptions. The aim is to reduce the transmission of chlamydia and other STIs, including HIV, and reduce the rate of pregnancies among women aged under 18.

Source: nice.org.uk
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HIV: surveillance, data and management
Public Health England

Contents

  • Data collection
  • Epidemiology
  • Research and analysis
  • Clinical management
Source: gov.uk
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Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, providing a wide range of services to more than 100,000 people a year. The charity also campaigns and lobbies for greater political and public understanding of the personal, social and medical impact of HIV and sexual ill health.

Source: tht.org.uk
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Society for General Microbiology Briefing Paper - HIV

HIV is an RNA retrovirus that infects specific white blood cells with the CD4 receptor on their surface (CD4+ cells). CD4 is hijacked by HIV which uses it to gain access to the cell.

Source: sgm.ac.uk
Pharmacy Resource: Briefing Paper
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Preventing HIV

An essential resource providing evidence-based information on preventing HIV infection.

Source: aidsmap.com
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance > HIV testing: increasing uptake among people who may have undiagnosed HIV

This guideline covers how to increase the uptake of HIV testing in primary and secondary care, specialist sexual health services and the community. It describes how to plan and deliver services that are tailored to the local prevalence of HIV, promote awareness of HIV testing and increase opportunities to offer testing to people who may have undiagnosed HIV.

Source: nice.org.uk
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UK National Guidelines for HIV Testing 2008

prepared jointly by British HIV Association, British Association of Sexual Health and HIV British Infection Society

Source: bhiva.org.uk
Pharmacy Resource: Guideline
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UK guideline for the use of post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV following sexual exposure (2011)

We present the updated British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) guidelines for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEPSE) to HIV. This document includes a review of the current data to support the use of PEPSE, considers how to calculate the risks of infection after a potential exposure, and provides recommendations on when PEPSE would and would not be considered.

Source: bhiva.org.uk
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National Aids Trust Publications

We list publications with the most recent first and they are grouped by the following topics:

The Law, Human Rights and Discrimination
Public Awareness and Education
Prevention and Testing
Poverty and Social Disadvantage
Health and Social Care

Source: nat.org.uk
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British HIV Association, BASHH and FSRH guidelines for the management of the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV infection 2008

Source: bhiva.org.uk
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National Chlamydia Screening Programme

The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) is an NHS sexual health programme that was set up by the Department of Health in England in 2003.

Source: chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk
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Clamelle®
Pharmacy Training

Learning objectives

  • Update knowledge of Chlamydia trachomatis, its diagnosis, and public health significance
  • Understand the impact of chlamydia (and the consequences of not treating individuals and their sexual partners) to the individuals themselves and also to community public health
  • Understand the importance of the associated risk of other STIs and how to access testing and treatment for other STIs in the local area
  • Gain an overview of the current sexual health services for managing chlamydia
  • Provide the required sexual health counselling and necessary signposting to local NHS sexual health venues
  • Identify ways to develop relationships with local sexual health providers
  • Understand this reclassified product and associated service provision in the context of existing services for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Supply Clamelle 500mg Tablets appropriately
  • Recognise pharmacy’s contribution to helping patients with chlamydia testing and treatment and its wider role in sexual health.
Source: clamelle.co.uk
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NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework
Enhanced Service – Chlamydia testing and treatment

Source: psnc.org.uk
Pharmacy Resource: Service Specification
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CPPE
Chlamydia screening and treatment (materials for commissioners)

Learning objectives: On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:

  • describe the presentation and management of chlamydia infection
  • list three websites containing useful information about chlamydia, its presentation and management, and the national chlamydia screening programme
  • describe the aims of the chlamydia screening and treatment service and how it fits with the local sexual health services agenda
  • be aware of confidentiality issues and demonstrate how to safeguard children and vulnerable adults
  • describe treatment pathways available to a client
  • demonstrate awareness of how and when to refer clients and when to ask for support from the local specialist service
  • demonstrate how to apply the medico-legal aspects of sexual health services provision to underage females, with reference to the Fraser Guidelines
  • describe the use of the PGD and associated paperwork for the indicated treatment
  • demonstrate the process of specimen collection, including how to prepare samples for laboratory testing and the actions to be taken following the result
  • demonstrate the ability to counsel and advise clients appropriately and sensitively
  • demonstrate the ability to handle problematic situations through role play
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out extended management of asymptomatic chlamydia infection
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out partner management, in conjunction with appropriate colleagues
  • demonstrate the ability to counsel and advise on the tracing of clients.
Source: cppe.ac.uk
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British Association for Sexual Health and HIV statement on re-testing of young persons diagnosed with chlamydia infection

Source: bashh.org
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Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia
Other STIs
Contraception
Publications
Professionals

Source: checkyourbits.org
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Chlamydia - Patient information leaflet

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis.

Source: iusti.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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a guide to - Gonorrhoea

Leaflet produced by the Clinical Effectiveness Group of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV

Source: bashh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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Gonorrhoea - Patient information leaflet

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Source: iusti.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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a guide to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - PID

Leaflet produced by the Clinical Effectiveness Group of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV

Source: bashh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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PID - Patient information leaflet

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is inflammation of the uterus (womb) and/or the fallopian tubes.

Source: iusti.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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Pubic lice / crabs - Patient information leaflet

Pubic lice / crabs are a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by the crab louse Phthirus pubis

Source: iusti.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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a guide to - Epididymo-orchitis

Leaflet produced by the Clinical Effectiveness Group of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV

Source: bashh.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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Genital warts - Patient information leaflet

Genital warts are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is a sexually transmitted infection.

Source: iusti.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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Syphilis - Patient information leaflet

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum.

Source: iusti.org
Pharmacy Resource: Patient Information Leaflet
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Do you have unexplained genital pain?

If all tests for infections come up negative but you still experience discomfort, burning or soreness, you may have vulval pain:

  • Unprovoked Vulvodynia is characterised by continuous burning, stinging, or soreness of the vulva.
  • Provoked Vulvodynia (Vestibulodynia) refers to pain experienced when pressure is applied to the vestibule (the entrance to the vagina), such as during sex and on insertion of tampons.
Source: vulvalpainsociety.org
Pharmacy Resource: Leaflet
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Sexual Advice Association: Advice

The Sexual Advice Association, (formerly the Sexual Dysfunction Association), is a charitable organisation, to help improve the sexual health and wellbeing of men and women and to raise awareness of the extent to which sexual conditions affect the general population.

Our information is available in PDF format, ideal for printing hardcopy or reading offline as well as online.

Source: sda.uk.net
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