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HIV and Why Early Diagnosis Matters course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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This session will give an update on HIV in the UK. It will explain the clinical significance of late diagnosis - and discuss strategies to increase early diagnosis. This session was last reviewed by A Bhuiya and updated on 18/06/2013.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Outline key facts about HIV including routes of transmission and strategies for prevention
  • Recognise the benefits of reducing undiagnosed HIV infection and describe the risks to health of late diagnosis
  • Outline strategies for improving the diagnosis of people with asymptomatic HIV infection in the general practice context
  • Describe strategies to establish, promote and increase HIV testing by the practice team
  • Recognise possible primary HIV infection and be aware of how to confirm the diagnosis

By the end of 2011, an estimated 96,000 people were living with HIV in the UK; approximately one quarter - 22,600, 24% - of whom were undiagnosed and unaware of their infection. This is an increase from the 91,500 people estimated to have been living with HIV by the end of 2010.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Complete the preceding introductory sessions in the Sexual Health and Contraception module
  • Be working or training in the general practice context
Instructors / Speakers
Philippa Matthews,
General Practitioner

Dr Philippa Matthews (MBBS, FRCGP) is currently Primary Care Development Lead at the Africa Centre in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, working with a population with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. Prior to this she was a GP in Kings Cross, London, and Sexual Health Clinical Lead for Islington.

She has developed and delivered sexual health training and written extensively about sexual health services in primary care, most recently authoring MEDFASH’s new HIV Testing in Practice (HIV TIPs) webtool to support GPs and practice nurses to increase HIV testing in this area.

Sexual Health in Practice Coordinator,
Sexual Health in Practice Coordinator,
Judith Mullineux

Judith is project manager of the Sexual Health in Practice (SHIP) scheme in Birmingham and associate lecturer at Warwick Medical School, undertaking module leadership on the Post Graduate Award - Delivery of Sexual Health Care.

For many years Judith practiced as a nurse and health visitor in a variety of settings – hospitals, schools and primary care. After graduating from Birmingham University in 1988 and completing a masters degree in health promotion and education in 1994, Judith developed extensive experience in education, as an FE college lecturer and Open University Tutor. For the last 17 years she has worked as a health promotion specialist delivering and managing a wide range of diverse sexual health promotion initiatives, involving Theatre in Health Education (THE), peer education and NHS workforce development, across the Birmingham area.


Ruth Lowbury,
Chief Executive of the Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MedFASH)

Ruth is Chief Executive of the Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MedFASH). She is also a member of both the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV, and the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.

Ruth started her career in a reproductive health charity, gaining experience of direct service provision. She then worked at the Health Education Authority, moving up over time to become Manager of its Sexual Health and HIV Programme which provided national public education campaigns, information and support for local health promotion, public health research and policy development. In the last ten years, under her leadership, MedFASH has managed a series of major national projects including a review of the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV (2008), the development of Standards for the management of sexually transmitted infections (2010) and the production of educational materials on HIV testing. She was on the writing group for the UK guidelines for HIV testing 2008 and is a long-term member of the RCGP Sex, Drugs and HIV Group.

HIV and Why Early Diagnosis Matters course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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