Genitourinary medicine involves the investigation and management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. It is mostly outpatient based but does include inpatient care of HIV infection.
It can also include more specialised services such as young people’s clinics, genital dermatoses, sexual dysfunction and psychosexual medicine, and outreach services for sex workers and drug users.
Essential requirements of a genitourinary physician are enjoying contact with patients, being able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and good communication skills. It is essential to be non-judgemental and feel comfortable about discussing sensitive issues such as sex.
There is also a public health element to the specialty with the need to perform partner notification (contact tracing), and to collect and report surveillance data in order to detect changing trends of infections.
STC Chair and Training Programme Director - Nicola Lomax