Nominations open for the UK Sexual Health Awards 2014

The UK Sexual Health Awards recognise outstanding work in and around sexual health. If you know of any incredible people, projects, services, campaigns, storyline or article – we want to hear about them. Whether you’re nominating yourself, the organisation you work for, someone you work with, or something that has been done by someone else; […]

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ESC – 13thCongress and call for applications for project funding

Mark your calendar: 28 till 31 May 2014 Lisbon, Portugal First announcement Check out the first announcement including: programme overview: 8 workshops, 21 congress sessions, 2 debates… abstract submission instructions (deadline 1 December 2013) registration form Register now Please find here an overview of the registration fees. You can now register through the online registration form General […]

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NICE Good Practice Guidance: Patient Group Directions

The Good Practice Guidance for Patient Group Directions has been published today. Better late than never! This guidance provides good practice recommendations for individual people and organisations involved with PGDs, with the aim of ensuring patients receive safe and appropriate care and timely access to medicines, in line with legislation. The preferred way for patients […]

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Faculty 20th Anniversary Celebration & McGonagall’s Ode!

At the event to celebrate the Faculty’s 20th anniversary, those gathered were regaled, by the invited after-dinner speaker Professor James Drife, with the following ode – available as a podcast for best effect: The Editor felt the Journal’s readers might like to share the experience, although nothing could compare with seeing the performance ‘live’. When […]

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Fall in abortion rate and other news

Fall in abortion rates continues Abortions carried out on women living in England and Wales fell 2.5% to 185,122 last year, Department of Health figures show. For women aged 15-44, the abortion rate was down 5.4% to 16.5 per 1,000 women – the lowest since 1997. From information included in abortion forms in 2012, almost […]

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July Journal published as Impact Factor soars to 2.1!

The July edition of the Journal is now available online and includes: Venous thromboembolism and COCs: an ongoing saga This ongoing controversy recently resulted in the decision of the French authorities to withdraw the combined oral contraceptive (COC) containing ethinylestradiol (EE) and cyproterone acetate (i.e. Diane 35®) from the market. This consensus statement from 26 […]

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New injectable – Sayana Press and Dianette VTE update

Sayana Press® is a progestogen-only injectable contraceptive licensed for subcutaneous use. It contains 104mg of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) in 0.65ml suspension and is bioequivalent to IM depot medroxyprogesterone acetate. It is administered at intervals of 13 weeks +/- 7 days via a new delivery system (Unijet) – a single dose pre-filled injector. Although ideal for […]

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Help WHO revise its guidelines!

The WHO are currently preparing updates to its Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, which will be finalized in 2014, and are soliciting feedback from various stakeholders in the field of family planning to inform this process. The goal is to ensure these guidelines remain relevant to family planning […]

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New RCN publication: Genital examination in women – A resource for skills development and assessment. The purpose of the document is to provide standards and sample assessment tools for training in genital examination in women for nurses working in sexual and reproductive health settings, and related health and social care settings. It replaces the earlier […]

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