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Dr. Raj Patel has been awarded the Gold Medal of the International Union against STI (IUSTI) at an international Congress took place from July 14 to 17, 2013, in Vienna’s most famous conference venue, the Hofburg Congress Center (former winter palace of the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I). The congress is a large and prestigious event and was attended by leading STI medics from more than 100 countries. The Gold Medal is the greatest honour that the IUSTI can give, and it is only the fifth time that it has awarded since the Union was founded in 1923. It was granted in recognition of Dr. Patels’s work in promoting international co-operation in the fight against STIs.

Also attending the Congress were two undergraduate medical students from the Solent Sexual Health Service who were both awarded Bronze Medals for their presentations. (see below) Only eight Bronze Medals are awarded in total at the congress.

Manrop Bains - Asymptomatic screening pathways in MSM – Bronze Medal – Best UG student Poster- (final year SSU). This work has been recognised by the Department of Health as having national significance to infection control and screening pathways. It has also changed practice within the Solent Sexual Health service.

John Whale – Disclosure strategies for oral HSV-1 – impact of stigma Bronze Medal - Basic science track Best student oral (4th year research project)

The IUSTI has official relationship status with the World Health Organisation, The Pan American Health Organization and UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS).

Student wins runner-up prize for original research

Alex Collister's poster presentation on the introduction of an asymptomatic screening pathway for men who have sex with men in a Solent sexual health clinic won the runner-up position in the ‘original research’ category at the National Foundation Doctors’ Presentation Day on 17 January 2014.

The National Foundation Doctors’ Presentation Day was hosted by University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and was supported by the UKFPO and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.

Southampton student wins national award

Alex Collister has won the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) Undergraduate Clinical Prize for 2013.

The BASHH Undergraduate Clinical Prize is for systematic reviews, literature reviews or case reports and is open to undergraduates in medicine or any other subject at a University within the UK. The submissions are related to sexually transmitted infection, genitourinary medicine or HIV infection.

Each submission was subject to review by at least two judges and the overall prize winner was decided by a committee made up of members of the BASHH Education Committee.

Dr. Rajul Patel (Consultant Genito-Urinary Physician and Senior Lecturer at Southampton University Hospitals) said that –

“The service evaluation will make a real difference to the way we do things both locally and probably nationally - the judges clearly saw this. This is the first time the national student essay has been won by a Southampton student - an amazing achievement considering you were up against a lot of submissions - Oxbridge, Imperial and UCL mainly.”

Alex was presented with her prize at the BASHH OGM on June 14th 2013.