UK national guideline on safer sex advice

Int J STD AIDS. 2012 Jun;23(6):381-8. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2012.200312.


This guideline provides evidence-based guidance on the content of safer sex advice and the provision of brief behaviour change interventions deliverable in genitourinary (GU) medicine clinics. Much of the advice is applicable to other healthcare settings including general practice and clinics providing HIV care. Advice on condom use and effectiveness, oral sex and other sexual practices, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and partner reduction is provided. Advice specific to the transmission of HIV infection including seroadaptive behaviours and negotiated safety is also included. An accompanying review of the evidence supporting the guideline with a complete reference list is available online. A patient information leaflet based on the advice statements developed is also available through the BASHH website.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Condoms
  • Early Medical Intervention / methods*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Safe Sex*
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / transmission