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Bacterial SIG

Bacterial SIG

The Bacterial Special Interest Group (BSIG) works under the auspices of BASHH to provide educational and research support in the field of bacterial sexually transmitted infections.


To promote communication between microbiologists and clinicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infection by:

  • Offering courses in specialist areas e.g. microscopy course
  • Production of educational material
  • Organisation of symposia on new areas
  • Arranging update meetings, e.g. syphilis update days

How to join the BSIG

Any member of BASHH with an interest in bacterial sexually transmitted infections can apply to join the Bacterial Special Interest Steering Group. For informal enquiries please contact members of the Group directly or via [BASHH, C/O Executive Business Support, City Wharf, Davidson Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9DZ, United Kingdom]

BSIG micro educational resource

BSIG have developed a free educational website covering in detail investigations for bacterial STIs with a focus on microscopy. This replaces the previously produced DVD. For access to the BSIG micro website, please click here

Publications and position statements:

Please click here for the BASHH Position Statement on the inappropriate use of multiplex testing platforms, and suboptimal antibiotic treatment regimens for bacterial sexually transmitted infections.

Please click here for the BASHH position statement on the position statement on doxycycline as prophylaxis for sexually transmitted infection 2021

Test of cure study: a feasibility study to estimate the time to test of cure (TOC) for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infections

B. Sultan, P. Benn, G. Schrembi et al. Sexually transmitted Infections 2020;96:402-407

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