Aim of the STIF Foundation course

To equip participants with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes for the diagnosis and management of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to know when and how to refer.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

When you complete your studies for this course, you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principles of service provision for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and related conditions
  • the issues relating to confidentiality and partner notification
  • the epidemiology and the factors involved in the transmission of STIs
  • how to prevent transmission of STIs
  • common STIs and related conditions, their presentation, diagnosis and management
  • when to refer patients to specialist services

Cognitive Skills

On completion of this course you will have developed the following cognitive skills:

  • able to evaluate the ways in which the lifestyle and circumstances of patients/clients may reflect in their presentation and impact on their management
  • able to analyse how the range of human sexuality, lifestyles and culture impacts on transmission and approaches to prevention and risk reduction
  • able to critically evaluate how personal beliefs and values of the clinician could affect the consultation

Key Skills

When you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • draw on a range of resources to provide evidence-based management to people presenting to your service with sexual and reproductive health needs
  • articulate your contribution to risk reduction and STI prevention in your own service
  • reflect on the essential role of effective partner notification when dealing with an infectious disease
  • demonstrate the importance of confidentiality in consultations involving sexual health

Topics include:

  • Sexual History, Recognition of Symptoms & Risk Assessment
  • Routine diagnostic tests and physical examination
  • Partner Notification: why it matters and how to signpost
  • HIV – risk assessment, window periods, ways to test
  • Sexual Health Promotion, Risk Reduction & Prevention
  • Young people and sexual health
  • Genital Discharge, Genital Sores
  • Clinical HIV
  • STIs in Pregnancy
  • Conditions affecting the Genital Skin



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