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Intervening to Reduce Risk - Promoting STI Testing 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 is the third of four complementary sessions on behavioural and clinical interventions to reduce the risk of patients having, or developing in the future, sexual health problems. The three patients in this session have a range of needs, however all of them might benefit from having an STI or HIV test. We also consider the issue of time management. This session has been written in conjunction with Sexual Health in Practice (SHIP). Please see acknowledgements for more details.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in June 2020.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify a patient's sexual health risk
  • Formulate management plans that take into account identified risks and prioritised needs of individual patients
  • Recognise the value of promoting infection testing both as a clinical and a health promotion intervention
  • Assess your understanding of the time it takes to identify and respond to a patient's sexual health risk and how risk assessment supports effective use of time

The last session showed that by completing a risk assessment, we have a much better sense of the priorities for the health and management of our individual patients.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Complete the preceding introductory sessions in the Sexual Health and Contraception Module
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.

Judith Mullineux,
Sexual Health in Practice Coordinator

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.

Intervening to Reduce Risk - Promoting STI Testing course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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