Chapter 3. Sexually Acquired Infections

  1. Kathy French RN, Cert Ed, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PG Dip, PhD member Sexual Health Adviser
  1. Margaret Bannerman MSc, BSc (Hons), RN Dip HE, Cert (Med) Ed Bannerman Nurse Practitioner GUM Project Manager member nurse practitioner1 and
  2. Tony Proom BA (Hons), RMN, Dip HE, Cert Counselling, PGC Psychosexual Therapy, ENB Advanced Award sexual health adviser registered mental nurse specialist nurse practitioner council member2

Published Online: 30 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322569.ch3

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How to Cite

Bannerman, M. and Proom, T. (2009) Sexually Acquired Infections, in Sexual Health (ed K. French), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322569.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Royal College of Nursing, London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Queens Hospital Burton, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, UK

  2. 2

    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405168311

Online ISBN: 9781444322569



  • sexually acquired infections (SAIs) - gonorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), Trichomonas vaginalis;
  • bacterial vaginosis (BV) and non-specific urethritis (NSU);
  • specimen collection and taking sexual health history;
  • screening/testing for SAIs - stressful time for those affected;
  • HIV/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS);
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV);
  • outbreak of syphilis - identified within men who have sex with men (MSM);
  • intrauterine device (IUD) or progesterone-only contraception;
  • NAAT testing - testing endocervix or urethra;
  • health professionals - able to justify their line of questioning


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Background and Epidemiology of SAIs

  • What is Normal?

  • Specimen Collection

  • Signs and Symptoms

  • Infections

  • Bacterial Infections

  • Fungal Infections

  • Infestations

  • Viruses

  • Taking a Sexual Health History

  • What is it and why do We Need it

  • Skills Required

  • Conclusion

  • References