Sexual Health

Sexual Health Medicine is a branch of medicine which deals with the widespread clinical and social manifestations of sexual ill health.

Sexual Health Medicine includes: the diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections; genital dermatology; genital pain and sexual dysfunction; reproductive health including contraception; and sexual assault care. Other areas of expertise include the provision of sexual health care for: adolescents; sex workers; refugees and immigrants; gay, lesbian, and transgender populations.

Auckland Sexual Health Service is a free, confidential service that includes:

  • diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections and other related conditions
  • sexual health counselling
  • adult sexual abuse service including the care of related medical, nursing and social issues
  • sexual health education for clients and health professionals, including Peer Sexuality Support programmes for schools

Clinics are based in Greenlane, Glenfield, Mangere and Henderson.


Doctor Nicky Perkins

Interview - Dr Nicky Perkins

Dr Nicky Perkins is a Sexual Health Physician in the department of Sexual Health. Nicky shares about the rewards of working in this exciting field!
Dr Sunita Azariah

Interview - Dr Sunita Azariah

Dr Sunita Azariah is a Clinical Director at the Auckland Sexual Health Service. Sunita shares her views and plenty of information about this specialty
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Sites and Resources

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How to train as a Sexual Health Medical Specialist

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Chapter Sexual Health Medicine (ACSHP) administers the training programme which leads to FACP (FChSHM).


The prerequisite for entry to the Chapter training program, is either Fellowship of one of the Medical Colleges or Faculties listed below or completion of Basic Training (including success in the FRACP Examination) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

In order to be accepted into the training program, an applicant must:

  1. Be a registered Medical Practitioner in New Zealand or Australia. The applicant should provide documentation from the relevant Medical Board, at the time of initial application.
  2. EITHER hold Fellowship of one of the following Colleges or Faculties:
    • Physicians (FRACP) - Adult Internal Medicine or Paediatrics and Child Health
    • Dermatology (FACD)
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG)
    • General Practice (FRACGP and FRNZCGP)
    • Pathology (FRCPA)
    • Psychiatry (FRANZCP)
    • Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM)
    • Surgery (FRACS - urology)

OR in the case of overseas trained specialists (including general practitioners) have been considered equivalent by the relevant Australasian medical college.

OR have completed Basic Training of the RACP (including success in the FRACP Examination).

Each registrar is supervised by a Fellow of the College during training.

Detailed information about the content of the training programme is available on the Royal Australasian College of Physicians website, under the Chapter, Sexual Health.

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Who can I talk to and where to next?

To discuss training opportunities please contact:

Dr Sunita Azariah - Clinical Director and Sexual Health Physician
Auckland City Hospital
64 9 630 9783
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