Introduction-HIV,STIs and Sexual Health (SEXH5401)


This unit will explore the social, psychological, public health and medical aspects of sexual and reproductive health including common Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Students will develop an awareness of all aspects of sexual health including: diversity of values, opinions and behaviours in sexual health; sexual orientation; understand the effect of of socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural factors; current theories of sexuality and sexual behaviours and sexual rights of all individuals. Emphasis will be placed on healthy sexuality and the way in which STIs impact on society, present to clinical services. Students will be introduced to the principles of prevention and management of STIs and the importance of multidisciplinary approaches. The unit will introduce students to inquiry based learning and develop an understanding of the importance of evidence based practice.

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Fully online


Discussion board participation (10%); 2 x online quizzes (40%); 1 x 1500 word essay (20%); 1 x 2500 word essay (30%)


Our Sexuality. 12th Edition, 2014 Robert L. Crooks, Karla Baur

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