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7 May, 2003





The Society of Health Advisers in Sexually Transmitted Diseases (SHASTD) has changed its name to The Society of Sexual Health Advisers (SSHA) in a bid to broaden its membership appeal.

The name change is aimed at attracting people in primary care settings who may have the task of monitoring sexually transmitted infections

Practitioners who do not now call themselves health advisers (nurses, youth workers) will become able to join if they fit the membership criteria, such as performing a substantial amount of contact tracing in their jobs.

The name change reflects the move away from the sexually transmitted disease concept, which may be alarming, to emphasise the concept of sexually transmitted infection for sexual health clinic service users.

New SSHA president, Gill Bell said: ‘Sexual health advisers have received firm endorsement from the National Strategy for
Sexual Health and HIV.’



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union