BASHH Clinical Effectiveness Group Guidelines
(Last Updated 27th January 2016)

NHS Evidence Accredited Provide

NICE has accredited the process used by the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) to produce its UK national guidelines. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from January 2011. More information on accreditation can be viewed at

For full details on our accreditation visit:

See also the Clinical Effectiveness Group page

What's New?

  • The draft patient information leaflet (PIL) for Partner Notification is now available for consultation in 'screen-friendly' format - Please see below
  • The United Kingdom National Guideline on the Management of the Viral Hepatitides A, B & C 2015 is now online - Please see below
  • The United Kingdom National Guideline for the Use of HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Following Sexual Exposure (PEPSE) 2015 is now online - Please see below
  • The joint BASHH/BHIVA/SSHA/NAT HIV Partner Notification for Adults: Definitions, Outcomes and Standards document has been released - Please see below
  • The 2015 National Guidelines on the Management of infection with Chlamydia Trachomatis are now online - Please see below

Draft documents out for public consultation

Partner Notification Patient Information Leaflet (BASHH 2016) - Screen Friendly Version - DRAFT/OUT for consultation
If you have any comments please e-mail these to Dr Stephen Higgins, editor of BASHH Patient Information at: Please put ‘Partner Notification PIL feedback’ as the subject of your e-mail.

The final, post-consultation PIL will be available in both screen and printer-friendly formats.
Closing date for comments: 11th March 2016

BASHH Patient Information Leaflets

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Note: BASHH asserts copyright for the patient information contained on this website. It is happy for these materials to be disseminated, in either electronic or paper form, provided the following conditions are met:

(1) The content is not altered in any way (including the presence of the BASHH logo)

(2) That they are not utilised in any way in commercial activities intended to make a profit



Current Guidelines

The BASHH CEG 2015 summary guidance on tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (Updated December 2015)

BASHH Recommendations for Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Men who have Sex with Men (September 2014)


Vaginal discharge

Genital ulceration

Systemic presentation and complications


Skin conditions


Department of Health update on patient confidentiality in sexual health services

The Department of Health have released a statement setting out the current position on the legislation and policy intention regarding the sharing of patient information on the use of sexual health services.

The statement has been made available through the DH exchange and is also available to view here

HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

  • Guideline for consultations requiring sexual history taking 2013 accredited

  • UK national guideline on Safer Sex Advice 2012  * plus Safer Sex Advice - review of evidence  *

  • Management of adult and adolescent complainants of sexual assault (2011)- amended June 2012  accredited

  • 2011 Sexual Assault patient information leaflet currently in preparation

  • Management of STIs and related conditions in children and young people [2010]

    • November 2013: Updates to the 2010 Management of STIs and related conditions in children and young people guideline (Nov 2013)
      • The management of gonorrhoea in children has been updated and is available here
      • For the management of neonates born to mothers who have gonorrhoea and/or Chlamydia, refer to the latest CDC guidelines at

  • Standards

    Previous Guidelines

    Guidelines accepted by National Guideline Clearing House:

    • Copyright: most of these guidelines have appeared in print and the copyright belongs to the original publishers (see notice below). They can be freely used for purposes of personal study and education.
    • The BASHH National Audit Group has produced a set of audit proformas for conducting audit on certain CEG guidelines. They may be accessed here

    Please note: as of June 2015 the membership of the CEG is Dr Keith Radcliffe (Chair), Dr Mark FitzGerald, Dr Deepa Grover, Dr Steve Higgins, Dr Margaret Kingston, Dr Michael Rayment, Dr Darren Cousins, Dr Helen Fifer and Dr Ann Sullivan.

    Disclaimer Notice
    The editors have checked with sources believed to be reliable in their efforts to eliminate error and to provide drug treatment schedules and dosages that are complete and accord with the standards accepted at the time of publication. However, readers are strongly advised to check the information provided is accurate and that changes have not been made in the recommended dose or in the contraindications for administration.

    Copyright Notice

    *Guidelines marked with an asterisk

    These documents have been published in the International Journal of STD and AIDS and an exclusive licence to publish belongs to SAGE Publications Ltd. Users wishing to download and reproduce this material for purposes other than personal study or education should contact: Rights & Permissions Department, SAGE Publications, 1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Yard, London EC1Y 1SP, UK. (

    Guidelines not marked with an asterisk

    BASHH asserts copyright of these guidelines. It is happy for them to be disseminated, in either electronic or paper form, provided the following conditions are met:

    1. The content is not altered in any way
    2. That they are not utilised in commercial activities intended to make a profit

    Related links:

    When citing the guidelines on the web, please give the full title of the guideline, followed by the name/names of the author(s) (in the same way as for paper publications), followed by the full web address and the date when it was accessed. E.g., National Guideline on the Management of Non-gonococcal Urethritis. Horner P J, Shahmanesh M. 09 01c.pdf [accessed 22 July 2004].

    Other Clinical Guidance Endorsed By BASHH