Bits and Pieces

Consultation to lift ban on HIV-positive doctors and dentists: according to media reports last week the DH is set to launch a consultation on lifting the ban imposed 20 years ago. Many believe the ban to be discriminatory, no longer justified on public health grounds and ignored in most hospitals who reportedly have a ‘don’t […]

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COC / VTE Controversy continues

Following publication of the extended analysis of the Danish Cohort Study on VTE risk (with combined oral contraceptives with different progestogens and oestrogen doses) in the BMJ and the rapid responses since, Shapiro S and Dinger J have now produced a Commentary for the January 2012 edition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive […]

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World AIDS Day 2011

On the 23rd World AIDS Day As part of a piece in the Chelsea & Westminster GP Newsletter, Consultant Rachel Jones and Specialist Registrar Michael Rayment write of the situation in the UK: Treatment is freely available, but is limited to those who know their HIV sero-status.  The HIV epidemic in the UK continues to […]

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RCOG – Abortion Guidelines & Honorary Fellowships

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has, this week, published its revised guidelines on the care of women requesting induced abortion. The recommendations cover commissioning and organising services, possible side effects and complications, pre-abortion management, abortion procedures and follow up care.  A summary of new and improved recommendations and link to Q&A’s are […]

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Online First & Museums

The following 2 articles were published via jfprhc Online First this week: Advances in intrauterine technique training (Connolly) This article describes an innovative new way for doctors and nurses to be able to learn how to fit intrauterine devices and systems with realistic simulation, which is much better than a ‘Zoe’. This should increase their confidence […]

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Horror in the 21st Century

As Halloween and Trick or Treat approach we face an even greater horror, as Monday 31st October 2011 is the day the world’s population is forecast to crash the 7 billion barrier only 12 years after it passed 6 billion. Despite overall rates of fertility falling and the basic right of all women to manage […]

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Around the Globe

The latest edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology includes a supplement entitled: A Hormonal Contraception Update: A Decade of Innovation & Transformation. In addition AJOG published (online 11th July 2011) a study on the impact of long-acting reversible contraception on return for repeat abortion by Rose S B and Lawton B A. […]

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From the Journal – October 2011 issue

The newly published Journal includes a number of articles related to abortion: a book review; a commentary on medical abortion in Ethiopia – for which there is also a podcast; an Israeli view of the status of a foetus; HIV testing in clinics and repeat attendance in Britain. In addition there is a profile of […]

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Welcome to the Journal of Family Planning blog

My aim is to bring you news, views and information in the field of contraception and sexual health – some of which you may have seen and some not. I hope that as well as highlighting articles and issues from our journal this will signpost current issues and initiatives from the UK and around the […]

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