What is Sexual Health Medicine?
Sexual Health Medicine is a branch of medicine which deals with the widespread clinical and social manifestations of sexual ill health. Specialists in this field are concerned both with individual patient management and public health control of Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Sexual Health Medicine includes: the diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections; genital dermatology; genital pain and sexual dysfunction; reproductive health including contraception; and sexual assault care. Other areas of expertise include the provision of sexual health care for: adolescents; sex workers; refugees and immigrants; gay, lesbian, and transgender populations.
Auckland Sexual Health Service is a free, confidential service that includes:
- diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections and other related conditions
- sexual health counselling
- adult sexual abuse service including the care of related medical, nursing and social issues
- sexual health education for clients and health professionals, including Peer Sexuality Support programmes for schools
For further information: www.ashs.org.nz