Sexual health care of HIV-positive patients: an audit of a local service

Jane Hutchinson*, Penny Goold, Hugh Wilson, Kevin Jones, Claudia Estcourt

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The sexual health care of 175 HIV-positive patients attending the two HIV clinics at Barts and the London NHS Trust was audited for the first time. The audit standard was that 100% of patients should be in receipt of a sexual health screen within six months of their first HIV out-patient appointment. Overall, 44.5% of patients had a sexual health screen, of which 46 (60.5%) were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection. Those screened were younger than those who were not. Five factors were identified which were significantly associated with not having a genitourinary screen performed; site of HIV care, setting of HIV diagnosis, stage of HIV disease, specialty of HIV physician and whether a screen was recommended by the HIV physician. A number of recommendations have been implemented to improve the uptake of sexual health screening amongst HIV-positive patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-496
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Audit
  • Genitourinary medicine
  • HIV
  • Sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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