Sexual Health

June 2009

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Sexual Health

June 2009 Vol 38 (6) 369-464

The theme for the June issue of AFP is Sexual Health. This month's articles include Sexual health, Catching up on contraception, Syphilis, the great mimicker, is back, Lesbian and bisexual women's sexual health and Bacterial vaginosis - more questions than answers.


Bacterial vaginosis

More questions than answers

Marie Pirotta, Kath A Fethers, Catriona S Bradshaw

Catching up on contraception

Katrina Allen

Syphilis, the great mimicker, is back

Melanie Bissessor, Marcus Y Chen

Up front

AFP in a changing environment

Patrick D Byrnes

Letters to the editor

Sexually transmissible infections

Old enemies and a new friend

Siobhan Bourke, Tina Schmidt


Dermatoscopy for in vivo diagnosis of malignant melanoma

Sergio Vano-Galvan, Elena de las Heras, Ingrid Aguayo-Leyva, Pedro Jaén Olasolo

Can a dietician help?

Claire Hewat

Pelvic instability

Painful pelvic girdle in pregnancy

David A Mitchell, Danielle M Esler

Postprostatectomy stress urinary incontinence

Current and evolving therapies

Ian A R Smith, Elizabeth Shaw, Prem Rashid

Spontaneous pneumomediastinum

Steven Chung, Lucy Morgan


Attitudes of WA GPs to chlamydia partner notification

A survey

Revle D Bangor-Jones, Jenny McCloskey, Levinia Crooks, Lisa A Bastian, Donna B Mak, Christine Dykstra, Lewis J Marshall, Simona R Achitei

Barriers to the management of obesity in children

A cross sectional survey of GPs

Helen Dettori, Helen Elliott, Janette Horn, Gary Leong

Telephone interpreters in general practice

Bridging the barriers to their use

Yu-Ting Huang, Christine Phillips

Using meditation for less stress and better wellbeing

A seminar for GPs

Ramesh Manocha, Amy Gordon, Deborah Black, Gin Malhi, Raymond Seidler


Lesbian and bisexual women’s sexual health

Ruth McNair

Dietary intervention to lower serum cholesterol

Peter Clifton, David Colquhoun, Claire Hewat, Peter Jones, John Litt, Manny Noakes, Richard O’Brien, Bill Shrapnel, Murray Skeaff

Medical journals

What are they good for?

Kath O’Connor


Sexual health

Christopher Harrison, Janice Charles, Helena Britt

Back pages

Book reviews

Clinical challenge

Rachel Lee


AFP Podcasts

Interviews June 2009

Lesbian and bisexual women's sexual health

Dr Ruth McNair talks about what GPs need to know about lesbian and bisexual women's sexual health and the kinds of sexual health issues faced by this group of patients. In particular, it is important that GPs make their practice welcoming to lesbian and bisexual women. This can include providing signs and pamphlets in the waiting room, encouraging reception staff to use inclusive language and taking a non judgemental social and sexual history from patients. Ruth outlines important sexual health messages for lesbian and bisexual women including the need for pap smears and discussion of safer sex.

Duration: 11 minutes 6 seconds
File size: 3MB

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Bacterial Vaginosis: More questions than answers

Dr Catriona Bradshaw talks about what GPs need to know about Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common cause of abnormal discharge in women of reproductive age and yet the precise pathophysiology is contraversial. Research is continuing into the cause of this disease, whether or not it is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) and to establish effective evidence based treatments. BV is diagnosed with the Amsel or Nugent methods and treatment is with oral metronidazole or vaginal clindamycin with the aim to reduce symptoms and/or prevent complications

Duration: 25 minutes 38 seconds
File size: 6MB

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