STIF Foundation

Learning Objectives

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The two day STIF Foundation Course (STIF Core and STIF Plus) provides multidisciplinary interactive training in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the diagnosis, management and prevention of STIs using a variety of educational techniques. Core topics include national and local epidemiology of STIs, sexual history taking, HIV testing in non-GU settings, partner notification and management and sexual health provision for young people. Each participant also rotates through small group workshops on common STI presentations. New material has been introduced covering sexual assault, Hepatitis, Genital Dermatology and Syphilis. The Course also includes around 8-10 hours of e-learning sessions to enhance the learning experience.

Learning objectives: By the end of the course candidates should be able to:


  • describe the principles of STI service provision
  • describe the issues relating to confidentiality, partner notification and treatment
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the epidemiology and the factors involved in the transmission of STIs and how to prevent transmission
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), their presentation, diagnosis and management
  • describe when to refer patients


  • demonstrate competence in taking a sexual history
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to inform patients on reducing their risk of sexual infections and their risk of unplanned pregnancy
  • optimise care pathways for patients through improved links with local GUM /sexual health (TOP, Contraception, psychosexual), and microbiology services


  • list the ways in which the lifestyle and circumstances of patients/clients may reflect in their presentation and impact on their management.
  • demonstrate an appreciation and acceptance of the range of human sexuality, lifestyles, culture and the impact this has on transmission/prevention counselling
  • describe how one’s personal beliefs could affect the consultation