New STI guidelines will 'boost the consistency of care'

Nine new standards of care for STIs, the first of their kind, have been drawn up to improve quality and consistency of commissioning and management of care across England.

Aimed at primary care and specialist services, the standards cover diagnosis, treatment and infection control, and also apply to Wales and Northern Ireland.

Genito-urinary consultant for City and Hackney PCT and at Homerton University Hospital Dr Sarah Creighton said the advice would provide commissioners with an auditable standard of care to aim for.

The Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (Med-FASH) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) produced the standards, which are designed to complement the DoH's forthcoming Sexual Health Commissioning Framework and Toolkit.

They also follow the 2010/11 NHS Operating Framework, which highlights quality as the organising principle of the NHS.

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