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The links provided on this page are provided for your convenience.  The BSSIR takes no responsibility for the information contained in any linked sites, nor for the manner in which you may subsequently use that information.

The links are grouped in the following categories:

bulletProfessional associations and societies associated with sexuality and its problems

bulletPatient and clinical services, and sexological institutions

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bulletGeneral professional organisations

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bulletGeneral medical news and information resources

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Professional associations and societies associated with sexuality and its problems

British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
BASRT is the professional and regulatory body for sexual and relationship therapists in the UK. The site describes the Association, its aims, activities and provides a list of practicing therapists around the UK.

British Association of Urological Surgeons
BAUS is the professional and academic organisation for urological surgeons and affiliate of the Royal College of Surgeons (see below). This is an attractive site, but takes a while to download because of the natty flash graphics! Part of it is password protected.

European Society for Impotence Research
ESIR is an European society for health professionals and scientists actively working in the field of human sexuality. Despite its name, its interests include all aspects of human sexuality in men and women, not just “impotence”. It is an affiliate of ISIR, the International Society for Impotence Research.

Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association
HBIGDA is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. Its website contains information about membership, conferences and standards of care.

International Society for Impotence Research
ISIR is a global society for health professionals and scientists actively working in the field of human sexuality. Despite its name, which is likely to change to “The International Society for the Study of Sexual Dysfunction”, its interests include all aspects of human sexuality in men and women, not just “impotence”.

World Association for Sexology
The World Association for Sexology was established to further the understanding and development of sexology throughout the world.

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International Society for the Study of the Aging Male

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Patient and clinical services, and sexological institutions

The Family Planning Association
The aim of the FPA is to advance the sexual health, reproductive rights and choices of all people throughout the UK. In addition to this, the FPA provides an excellent, confidential mail order service for family planning products and sex aids, such as vibrators and vacuum tumescence devices. For their SexWare catalogue, write to “FP Sales Ltd, PO Box 883, Mail Order Dept., Oxford OX4 5NT”.

The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington IA, USA
The Kinsey Institute Web site supports interdisciplinary research and the study of human sexuality. The Institute, probably the world’s most famous centre for sexology research, was founded by Dr Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956) in 1947. Apart from its outstanding academic and research activities, it possesses a quite remarkable library and art collection.

RELATE
RELATE is a UK national organisation offering counselling, sex therapy, relationship education and training to support couple and family relationships throughout life. It is a Registered Charity. The site contains information on how individuals and couples can self-refer to RELATE therapists.

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Patient organisations associated with sexuality and its problems

The Beaumont Trust
The Beaumont Trust is an UK organisation concerned with gender identity disorders. Its aims are to relieve the stress caused by transsexualism and/or transvestism to those affected, their families and friends, and to assist professional advisers in the field of care of gender dysphoria. It also endeavours to

Couple Counselling Scotland
Couple Counselling Scotland exists to promote, develop and co-ordinate a confidential counselling service for people in marriage and other intimate personal relationships in Scotland.

The Gender Trust
The Gender Trust is a Registered Charity in the U.K. which specifically helps adults who are transsexual, gender dysphoric or transgenderist, that is, those who seek to adjust their lives to live as women or men, or to come to terms with their situation despite their genetic background.

The Impotence Association
The Impotence Association is a charitable organisation which was set up to help sufferers of impotence (erectile dysfunction) and their partners and to raise awareness of the condition amongst both the public and the medical profession.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide a 24 hour information, support and referral service for lesbians and gay men from all backgrounds throughout the United Kingdom.

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General professional organisations

The British Medical Association
The BMA is both the doctors’ professional organisation and an independent trade union protecting the professional and personal interests of its members.

The General Medical Council
The GMC is the regulatory and licensing authority for all doctors practising in the UK. It has legal powers designed to maintain the standards the public have a right to expect of doctors. Where any doctor fails to meet those standards, the GMC can act to protect patients from harm – if necessary, by striking the doctor off the register and removing their right to practise medicine.

The Royal College of General Practitioners
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is the academic organisation in the UK for general practitioners. Its aim is to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the ‘voice’ of general practitioners on education, training and standards issues.

The Royal College of Nursing
The RCN is the UK nurses’ professional organisation and trade union. It campaigns on the part of the profession, and is a leading player in the development of nursing practice and standards of care. It is a provider of higher education and promotes research, quality and practice development through the RCN Institute.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The RCOG is the academic organisation for UK obstetricians and gynaecologists. It’s principal objects are the encouragement of the study and the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.

The Royal College of Physicians
The RCP is the academic organisation for UK physicians.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for all psychiatrists in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The Royal College of Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an independent professional body committed to promoting and advancing the highest standards of surgical care for patients.

The Royal Society of Medicine
The Royal Society of Medicine is an independent, apolitical organisation, founded nearly 200 years ago. Its aims are

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Government organisations

UK Committee on Safety of Medicines
The CSM is an independent advisory committee that advises the UK Licensing Authority (Government Health Ministers) on the quality, efficacy and safety of medicines in order to ensure that appropriate public health standards are met and maintained. It is the UK equivalent of the US Food and Drugs Administration.

UK Department of Health
This government department site contains a wealth of useful information on UK health policy and services. It also has a searchable index of Health Service Circulars (COIN) that may be downloaded as .pdf files. These include current UK government policy on ED treatment: HSC 1999/148 (availability of impotence treatment within the NHS) and HSC 1999/177 (treatment for patients with severe distress caused by impotence).

US Food and Drugs Administration
The FDA is the US governmental organisation responsible for monitoring  the quality, efficacy and safety of foods, drugs, medical appliances, vaccines, blood products, cosmetics, animal feeds and radiation-emitting products, such as cellular telephones.

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General medical news and information resources

CliniWeb
CliniWeb is an international site with an index and table of contents to clinical information on the World Wide Web. It allows search terms to be entered in five different languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese) and has direct links to MEDLINE searches via the PubMed system at the National Library of Medicine.

DocLinks UK
DocLinks UK is a site containing links to web sites of interest to medical professionals both within the UK and internationally.

Health on the Net Foundation
HON is a non-profit-making portal to medical information on the Internet. It is a Swiss foundation, operating out of Geneva with the generous support of local Geneva authorities

Medical Matrix
Medical Matrix is a UK-based information resource intended for use by family doctors. It contains links to a variety of health education sites, including clinical and drug information, human anatomy and medical education.

NetDoctor
NetDoctor is a UK-based information resource for the general public covering a wide range of medical topics, including sexual problems. Dr Dean has several articles published on this site, including ones on circumcision, Peyronie’s disease, HRT for men (testosterone supplements) and penile enlargement.

Omni
OMNI is a UK-based site, offering free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites covering health and medicine. This includes a range of biomedical research sites.

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Other resources

ChildLine
Children are at particular risk from sexual exploitation and abuse. ChildLine is the UK’s free, national help line for children and young people in trouble or danger. If you want to talk to someone, call ChildLine free on 0800 1111.

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