Abortion & STI data published

WHO updated policy on safe abortion The WHO has announced the iminent publication of the second edition of ‘Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems’ http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/9789241548434/en/ DH releases abortion statistics, England & Wales: 2011 The main findings of the newly released abortion statistics are: •    The total number of abortions was 189,931, 0.2% […]

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News items from April

Better access to birth control would reduce stress on global resources as reported by Nigel Hawkes in the BMJ. The rich should consume less and the poor should procreate less, says the Royal Society in a new report. The report was produced by a working party chaired by John Sulston, who headed the UK part […]

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Review of the year 2011

It has been a busy and eventful year in sexual and reproductive health: January saw the launch of the new-look Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care as it joined the BMJ family. Readers will have noticed many improvements, not least the website and early online publishing. February The joint Faculty / e-Learning for […]

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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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HPV Vaccine – Breaking News

Gardasil to be used in the UK HPV vaccination programme from September 2012 Posted by Anne Szarewski, Editor in Chief, JFPRHC The Department of Health made the announcement this week, though it was an inevitability, since there was only one vaccine being considered. GSK had made the decision not to participate in the tender process […]

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Faculty Gains NHS Accreditation for Guidelines

The Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has achieved NHS Accreditation for the process used to produce its guidelines. The NHS Evidence Accreditation Scheme recognises organisations that demonstrate high standards in producing health or social care guidance. It is stated that users of accredited guidance can therefore have […]

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Risk of VTE with combined oral contraceptives

Readers are signposted to the Rapid Responses at BMJ Online following last week’s publication of an extended analysis of the Danish Cohort Study on VTE risk with combined oral contraceptives with different progestogens and oestrogen doses. Volunteers required for CEU guidance The CEU are looking for volunteers to be involved in the development of the […]

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Surveys & Statistics

SHout Loud (Sexual Health Out Loud) is a website based on a partnership between Terrence Higgins Trust, FPA, African Health Policy Network, National AIDS Trust, MedFASH and Brook. It aims to provide information about sexual health by geographical area. It is conducting 2 surveys, one for service users and one for service providers with the […]

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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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