|Abstract||Version dated April 2006. Duration of currency: to April 2009.|
Updates 2002 clinical standards for the screening and management of acquired syphilis in HIVpositive adults (US National Guideline Clearinghouse: NGC 2666 (www,guideline.gov and
Scope and purpose:
• To support people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)1 to enjoy good sexual health for
their own personal well-being, as well as to help clinicians to provide treatment and care for
people with HIV and to prevent onward transmission of the virus and sexual infections.
• Target population: adults infected with HIV.
This is the first of three planned guidelines to address the sexual health of people with who are
HIV positive. The other two under consideration are reproductive health choices for women and
sexual dysfunction in men with HIV. This guideline complements existing BASHH Clinical
Effectiveness Group guidelines on individual sexually transmitted infections and screening and
testing available at: www.bashh.org/guidelines/ceguidelines. There is also a separate BASHH
guideline available on post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE), available on NeLI.
The guideline has been produced by senior UK medical specialists from relevant disciplines with
the input of HIV community organisations and people with HIV (PWHIV) from the outset. It takes on board concerns expressed from community groups that the sexual health needs of PWHIV have not been previously addressed in an appropriate manner. Successive drafts have been reviewed by HIV community organisations and individuals, and key professional organisations including members of BASHH and the British HIV Association (BHIVA).