What you need to know, ask and do to manage sexual health problems in your community.
Accreditation: Allocated 3 RACGP points Activity 2166733 | Allocated 1 ACRRM point Activity 20768
Providing good sexual health care can be a challenge for GPs. It requires sensitive history taking skills based on inquiring about sexual behaviours and avoiding assumptions.
Epidemiological factors such as the resurgence of syphilis and changing sensitivity of gonococcal bacteria to antibiotics mean that GPs need access to the latest evidence-based information and resources for screening and management.
For patients in rural areas, or from specific at-risk groups, issues of access to health care, confidentiality, contact tracing and pharmacy access can be problematic. Although pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV has been available for some time, and can be prescribed by any GP, many GPs are not familiar with assessment, prescribing and monitoring requirements for patients at high risk of HIV who would benefit from this.
During this interactive webinar, Dr Jenni Parsons leads a lively discussion with men’s health GP Dr George Forgan Smith, sexual health physician Dr Siobhan Bourke and rural GP Dr Evan Schuch around sexual history taking, screening for sexual infections and how to treat patients at high risk of HIV with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
The panellists discuss:
- practical tips about asking sensitive questions, explaining what we need to ask and why
- taking swabs- including techniques for collecting anal swabs and advising patients about taking their own swabs.
- whether we need to reconsider what is ‘routine’ sexual health screening in women.
- what all GPs need know to provide at risk patients with ‘game changing’ HIV preexposure prophylaxis’
Allocated 3 RACGP points Activity 2166733
Allocated 1 ACRRM point Activity 20768
- Take a sensitive but comprehensive sexual history focussed on behaviours and avoiding assumptions.
- Undertake appropriate sexual health screening investigations based on current epidemiological knowledge and the individual’s sexual behaviours and risks.
- Develop strategies to mitigate the barriers to good sexual health in your local community.
- Prescribe pre-exposure prophlaxis (PrEP) for HIV to at risk patients.
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