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What is BASHH?

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV - BASHH - was formed through the merger, in 2003, of the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases (MSSVD, established 1922) and the Association for Genitourinary Medicine (AGUM, established 1992). The object of BASHH is:

  • To promote, encourage and improve the study and practice of diagnosing, treating and managing sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other sexual health problems
  • To innovate and deliver excellent tailored education and training to health care professionals, trainers and trainees in the UK
  • To determine, monitor and maintain standards of governance in the provision of sexual health and HIV care
  • To advance public health in relation to sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other sexual health problems
  • To champion and promote good sexual health and provide education to the public

The Association membership includes medical practitioners, Nurses, Health Advisers, 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 Association.

BASHH has 4 national Scientific 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 usually held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. The Annual General Meeting is held in January of each year. In addition, there is an Annual Conference, as well as clinical meetings organised by the Special Interest Groups. Courses, specifically for Doctors in Training, are 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.

There are currently approximately 1,000 members of BASHH, making it the largest such organisation in the world. Members receive mailings which include information about BASHH and other meetings, courses and regular news from the board as well as a Newsletter.


The annual membership fee for BASHH depending upon membership category includes subscription to one or both of the two affiliated journals; Sexually Transmitted Infections and the International Journal of STD and AIDS.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections is the world's longest running international journal on sexual health. It aims to keep practitioners, trainees and researchers up to date in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all STIs and HIV. The journal publishes original research, evidence-based reviews and comment on the clinical, epidemiological, sociological and laboratory aspects of sexual health from around the world. It also publishes educational articles, letters and other material of interest to readers, along with blog posts and podcasts. Special issues and supplements on topical themes are occasionally produced. The current Impact Factor is 3.401.

The International Journal of STD & AIDS

The International Journal of STD & AIDS (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/std) is an international, peer reviewed journal indexed in Scopus, MEDLINE and the Journal Citation Index. It provides a clinically oriented forum for investigating and treating sexually transmissible infections, HIV and AIDS. Contributors from around the world promote activities aimed at research, prevention and control of these infections. Publishing original research and practical papers, the journal contains publishes a wide variety of papers including the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) European Guidelines.
The Journal’s 2018 Impact Factor is 1.494.


Members can renew their membership for up to three years from the date of the membership lapsing. After that date former members will need to complete an application form and forward it to the BASHH Secretariat for consideration.

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