FSRH Hot Topic: Preventing and recognising syphilis and HIV in women | Half-day, online event

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Date: 27 Sep 2023

Start time: 09:00AM

End time: 12:30PM

Venue: Online

Cost: £50 - £150

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FSRH Hot Topic: Preventing and recognising syphilis and HIV in women | Half-day, online event

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Half-day online daytime event, taking place on Zoom.


  • Sexual Problems
  • Public Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Contraception
  • Basic Clinical Skills

FSRH Hot Topic Events are a series of half-day courses providing expert specialist clinical training and essential information. This event has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and The British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH).

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary year, we invite you join a special, collaborative Hot Topic event this September. Faculty President, Dr Janet Barter, and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) President, Dr Claire Dewsnapp, will address the critical issues of syphilis and HIV among women. 

Join us at this half-day event where leading experts and healthcare professionals will gather to address the critical issues of syphilis and HIV among women. This event aims to enhance knowledge, promote awareness, and foster collaboration in preventing and recognising these infections to ensure better health outcomes for women in the UK.

Event highlights

Discover the latest advancements in prevention strategies, screening methods, and treatment options for syphilis and HIV in women.

Gain insight into the unique challenges faced by women, including social barriers and stigma, and explore practical solutions for overcoming them.

Connect with your peers through thought-provoking discussions and case studies.

Developed by clinicians for clinicians, this programme has been developed by leading experts, focused on practical tips and take-home messages. We have also added plenty of time for Q&A.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Identifying the importance of early recognition and diagnosis of syphilis and HIV in women to minimise transmission and improve treatment outcomes.
  • Enhancing knowledge of effective prevention strategies for syphilis and HIV in women, including safe sexual practices and testing.
  • Providing practical tools and resources for healthcare professionals to effectively educate and empower women about syphilis and HIV prevention, testing, and treatment options.
  • Discussing the psychological and social implications of syphilis and HIV in women and the importance of comprehensive care, including mental health support and stigma reduction.

CPD credits: 3

A note on language:

The term ‘in women’ is used here for brevity on the understanding that trans men and non-binary individuals assigned female at birth must also be considered when preventing and recognising syphilis and HIV. We aim to ensure delivery of care is appropriate, inclusive, and sensitive to the needs of all those individuals whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Event information

Agenda and speakers

09:30-09:40: Welcome and event overview

  • Chair - Dr Janet Barter, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)

09:40-10:10: The consequences of missing HIV - Patient Voice

  • Glenda Bonde, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Angelina Namiba, Founder Member of the 4M Network of Mentor Mothers living with HIV

10:10-10:40: Navigating challenges of working outside your comfort zone HIV testing and tricky contraception

  • Dr Claire Dewsnap, President, The British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH)
  • Dr Janet Barter, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)

10:40-10:50: Tea & Coffee Break

10:50-11:20: Syphilis Unveiled: Understanding, diagnosing, and managing a resurgent disease

  • Dr Soonita Oomeer, Integrated Sexual Health Consultant, CNWL – Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Archway Centre Sexual Health

11:20-11:50: Preventing congenital Syphilis: Strategies for early detection, treatment, and maternal-fetal health

  • Professor Clare Nourse, Paediatric Infection Specialist, Children's Health Queensland, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia

11:50-12:25: Q&A with all speakers

  • Chair - Dr Janet Barter

12:25-12:30: Chairperson's closing remarks

  • Chair - Dr Janet Barter

12:30: Event Close

Disclaimer: the programme content is accurate at the time of publishing and may be updated.

Download the full programme information here.

Speaker biographies

Janet Barter

Dr Janet Barter (Member Trustee, Chair and President of FSRH)

Following undergraduate training in Sheffield, Janet switched to obstetrics and gynaecology from GP training after realising, from work in UK and West Africa, the crucial importance of women’s health.

Training in obstetrics and gynaecology included endocrinology, fertility, menopause, PMS, menstrual disorders, and medical gynaecology, as well as contraception and abortion.

She has expertise in sexual problems work and care of women who have been affected by FGM. During three London Consultant SRH posts Janet has developed clinical and teaching skills across the whole of SRH and was the Training Programme Director for CSRH in London and was previously Chair of FSRH’s Specialty Advisory Committee and Senior Vice President, Specialty.

Dr Janet Barter was confirmed as FSRH President in September 2022.

Dr Claire Dewsnapp

Dr Claire Dewsnap (President of BASHH)

Dr Claire Dewsnap is a Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

She began her experience in GUM in Bradford in 2001 and then commenced a training post at Chelsea and Westminster.

She was appointed as a consultant in 2007 in Sheffield and became clinical lead in 2009. She has led in a number of roles, including clinical lead across two departments and lead for quality improvement across Outpatient services. Claire has had a number of roles in education including Dip GUM examiner, Foundation TPD and lead for Blackboard roll out in Yorkshire and Humber foundation school. Research interests include management of bacterial STIs and online testing. Organisational areas of interest included change implementation, quality and service improvement and teaching and training. She has lead and been involved in numerous quality improvement and change implementation projects within the field both strategically and operationally.

Claire became BASHH conference and communication chair in 2018. Claire is the current BASHH President.

Clare Nourse

Professor Clare Nourse (Paediatric Infection Specialist, Children's Health Queensland, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia)

Clare Nourse is a Paediatric Infection Specialist at Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and Professor in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Queensland. She qualified in medicine from Trinity College Dublin and trained in Dublin, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Her particular interests are in HIV, TB and syphilis infection in children, tropical infection and infection in resource limited countries, particularly in Timor-Leste. She travels regularly to Timor Leste and is a founder and board director of Maluk Timor, a not-for-profit organisation in Dili, for which she chairs the Medical Advisory Committee. Her particular research interests are in the translation of epidemiology of infection in children to clinical practice.


Glenda Bonde

Glenda Bonde (Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Terrence Higgins Trust)

Glenda is a former nurse –midwife who has worked within sexual and reproductive health roles in both the NHS as well as the Third Sector.

Glenda is the Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the HIV/Sexual Health charity Terrence Higgins Trust. She is also undertaking a PhD in Population Health Sciences at the Health Protection Research Unit in Behavioural Science and Evaluation in Bristol Medical School looking at the drivers of HIV Testing inequities and inequalities in women of African heritage in the UK.

Angelina Namiba

Angelina Namiba (Founder Member of the 4M Network of Mentor Mothers living with HIV)

Originally from Kenya, Angelina has over 26 years’ experience of working in the HIV sector on different initiatives ranging from providing one-to-one support to people living with HIV, treatment advocacy, managing service delivery to facilitating, promoting and advocating for the involvement of women living with HIV in forming and informing local and national strategy and policy. 

Living with HIV for 30 years, she is a founder member of the 4M Network of Mentor Mothers living with HIV.  A programme that works with Mentor Mothers living with HIV to train them to support their peers in their pregnancy journey, as well as for their own professional development.

Angelina also sits on various national and international advisory boards. These include as  a patron of the National HIV Nurses Association, a lay member of the Women’s Network of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a member of the Organizing Committee of the annual International Women and HIV Workshop, has been a Community representative for BHIVA, and is a Trustee of the National AIDS Trust, Salamander Trust and SAFE Kenya. She has co-authored various articles in peer-review journals and UNAIDS reports.


Dr Soonita Oomeer (Integrated Sexual Health Consultant, CNWL – Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Archway Centre Sexual Health)

Dr Soonita Oomeer completed GUM & HIV SpR training working at the Jefferiss Wing Centre in St Mary’s Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital.   

She worked as a GUM & HIV consultant at St Ann’s Sexual Health Clinic, Haringey and the Marlborough GUM clinic at the Royal Free Hospital.   

She works for Central North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) Sexual Health services as an integrated sexual health consultant at Archway Sexual Health Centre and Edgware Community Hospital Sexual Health Clinic and is clinical lead for CNWL Sexual Health services in Barnet.   

Her specialist interest is syphilis and she has created local referral and management pathways between ENT, ocular and antenatal services in North Central London to optimise care for neurosyphilis and antenatal patients. 


On-demand content

Unable to join us on the day? Purchase your ticket to watch a recording on–demand at a time convenient to you.

All delegates will have access to event content for up to one month after they are made available online. 

Please note that the recordings will not be immediately available after the event and may take up to 2 weeks before they can be accessed online. 


Discounts and offers

For our September Hot Topic we are extending our member-only price to all BASHH, RCOG & BHIVA members. Member concession tickets are also available to FSRH, BASHH, RCOG & BHIVA members. 

FSRH, BASHH, RCOG and BHIVA Members only = £75.00 
Concessions Members - Nurses, Trainees, Students = £62.00 (For concession members of the FSRH, BASHH, RCOG & BHIVA)
Non-members = £99.00  
International concession = £50.00

Early bird discount

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2023, the first 30 people to book tickets will benefit from a limited discount using the code ‘First30’ at the checkout on Eventbrite. Hurry and book your place with the code now! 

Taster discount – exclusively for non-members!

Try one of our Hot Topic events for the first time and receive £10 off your ticket price. Use code: taster

Buying tickets for your whole team? Make savings with our Hot Topic Bundles.

Get one ticket free for every 10 member or concession member tickets purchased when you buy 10-30 tickets in one go. Use the code ‘bundles’ to reveal these ticket options on Eventbrite.  

Find out more about ticket offers and bundles

Please note multiple discount codes cannot be used at the same time. We are unable to offer refunds for this event.  

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