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The Sexual History - The Partner History course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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This session addresses how to take a sexual history in order to assess the risk of the patient having or acquiring a sexual health problem. This session has been written in conjunction with Sexual Health in Practice (SHIP). Please see acknowledgements for more details. This session was reviewed by Philippa Matthews and last updated in January 2015.

Learning Objectives

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

  • List the components that make up a sexual history
  • Explain the importance of the partner history
  • List a range of questions that can work well in taking a partner history

The contraception and sexual health module has introductory sessions encompassing risk assessment, sexual history taking and interventions to reduce risk.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Be working or training in the general practice context
  • Have completed Session - Sexual Health: Indicators of Risk
  • Have completed Session - The Sexual History – Sexual History Taking 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.

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.

The Sexual History - The Partner History course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
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