Who we are
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) was formed in 2003 through the merger of the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases (MSSVD; established 1922) and the Association for Genitourinary Medicine (AGUM; established 1992).
The Association membership includes medical practitioners, scientists in the field of medicine and other healthcare workers who have shown a commitment to the specialty, who have been duly elected Fellows, Members and Honorary Fellows. Criteria for commitment to the specialty are that the applicant should be currently working in or have contributed to the specialty or an allied field. Honorary Life Fellowship may be conferred on persons, including those not medically qualified, who have given distinguished service to the Society.
What we do
The objectives of BASHH are:
- To promote, encourage and improved the study and practice of the art and science of diagnosing and treating sexually transmitted diseases including all sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other sexual health problems.
- To advance public health so far as it is affected by sexually transmitted diseases and to promote and encourage the study of the public aspects of sexually transmitted diseases including all sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other sexual health problems.
- To advance the education of the public in all matters concerning the medical specialty of Genitourinary Medicine (hereinafter referred to as 'the Specialty'), to include the management of HIV infections and the broader aspects of sexual health.
- To promote a high standard in the medical specialty of Genitourinary Medicine to include the management of HIV infections and the broader aspects of sexual health.
How we do this
BASHH has four national meetings per annum, which are held on Friday afternoons. These meetings include the reading of scientific papers by eminent speakers, discussion and the presentation of cases and are held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
The Annual General Meeting is held in January. In addition, there is an annual Spring Conference, as well as clinical meetings organised by the Special Interest Groups. A study day for doctors in training is held annually, and training for nurses and health advisers are being developed.
Educational activities for doctors and other health care professionals working in Sexual Health are also organised at regional level through the Regional Branches. BASHH has a continuing education strategy and is developing additional educational activities and resources.
For general admin enquiries please contact the BASHH Secretariat:
Address: BASHH Secretariat, Chester House, 68 Chestergate, Macclesfield, SK11 6DY, United Kingdom