Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections or diseases that are passed on during unprotected sex with an infected person. Whilst most STI’s are treatable by GPs, and do not require the assistance of a specialist, there are some instances which require a specialist. These specialised doctors are called infectiologists and usually treat acute and chronic infections caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi, and viruses.
Common STI’s which are dealt with by both infectious disease experts as well as general practitioners include:
• Genital Herpes
• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
• Pubic lice
• Oral ulcers
• Bacterial vaginosis
The aforementioned list is non-exhaustive. With the current cultural shift in relation to protective sex education in primary and secondary school, the rate of STI’s has decreased in relation to those in the 20th century.
Experts in sexually transmitted infections may be useful in identifying whether certain acts or performances between intimate persons could have resulted in the transmission of a certain disease, should this be a pertinent point of contention. They may also be able to provide statistical analysis relating to whether or not certain possibilities may arise, given circumstances such as contraception or abstinence.
The specific specialisation and background needed by your medical expert will be determined by the relevant STI which requires examination.
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Experts who specialise in the treatment, diagnosis, and assessment of STIs would be able to provide information in relation to a multiplicity of factors. This includes identification of where a virus may have originated and whether it could have been passed between one person to another – or if it arose from other sources. These experts may also be able to comment on the efficacy of certain treatments to address certain STIs, which would prove integral in cases related to medical malpractice and negligence as it may elucidate instances where certain medical individuals failed to consider all of the surrounding circumstances of an individual before prescribing certain treatments or medication.
Experts in this field would be extremely useful in tribunal cases which relate to complaints against medical malpractice.Sample Reports
For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.Cost
The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
This article inquires into the reason as to why it may be possible that sexually transmitted infection rates have dropped during the pandemic. They arise at the conclusion that it may be due to changed behaviour patterns borne out of lockdown but also it should be noted that fewer tests have been conducted in search of STIs.Experts are worried more STIs are going around undetected because of COVID.
New research from Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and the University of Sydney suggest that decrease in STI rates could be due to a lack of testing and not necessarily be due to safe sexual practices.Relevant Cases Health Care Complaints Commission v Grech  NSWCATOD 14 (4 February 2021)
In the Medical Council of NSW, this case employs expert evidence to demonstrate that a particular medical professional authorised the use of hepatitis and HIV tests that were not deemed adequate care by the expert in question.Health Care Complaints Commission v Grygiel  NSWCATOD 28 (17 March 2021)
This matter utilised expert evidence to demonstrate that a medical practitioner had not provided a patient with any other treatments for HIV apart from carboplatin. This decision was deemed to be negligent.Related Blog Articles
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