Genitourinary medicine

Doctors in genitourinary medicine (GUM) diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

Nature of the work

The principal role of GUM physicians is the prevention, detection, management and control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They also manage a number of non-infectious medical genital problems such as dermatoses (affecting the skin).

HIV care involves:

In recent years the specialty has expanded into other areas of sexual health, including the provision of contraception and the management of sexual dysfunction.

Patients are able to self-refer or be referred by:

GUM physicians treat conditions such as:

Common procedures/interventions

These include:

Sub-specialties

Many GUM physicians develop sub-specialty interests such as:

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