Library Resources & Services for Sexual Health & HIV Staff and Students

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Sexual Health & HIV medicine
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit our main library website.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

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They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ejournal content added 11/02/2021
AIDS – the Official Journal of the International AIDS Society 1997-
JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 1999-
Sexually Transmitted Diseases 1996-
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 08/09/20
Contraception made easy, 2nd ed. Laura Percy and Diana Mansour. 2020.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics
useful for health psychology, mental health

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice and guidance incl. Infections.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust NHS Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Sexual Health and HIV medicine journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

AIDS – the Official Journal of the International AIDS Society1997- 
AIDS Education and Prevention2002- 
AIDS Research and Therapy2004- 
AIDS Research and Treatment2010 
BMC Infectious Diseases2001- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Contraception and Reproductive Medicine2016- 
Emerging Infectious Diseases1995- 
HIV & AIDS Review2007- 
HIV medicine1999- 
HIV Nursing2009- 
Infection and Drug Resistance2008- 
Infection, Disease and Health2016- 
Infectious Disease Clinics of North America2007- 
Infectious Diseases in Children2008- 
Infectious Diseases: Research & Treatment2008- 
International Journal of Infectious Diseases2007- 
JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes1999- 
Journal of Infection and Public Health2008- 
Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases2013- 
Journal of the european academy of dermatology & venereology1997- 
Journal of The International AIDS Society2004- 
Lancet HIV2007- 
Lancet Infectious Diseases, The  
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health2003- 
Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare2010- 
Sexual Health2014- 
Sexually Transmitted Diseases1996- 
Sexually Transmitted Infections1925- 

Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).


Selected specialty content from 2009 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

ABC of Domestic and Sexual Violence2014 Bewley
ABC of Sexual Health20153rdWylie
Child Sexual Exploitation After Rotherham2017 Gladman
Contraception made easy20202ndPercy
Fast Facts: Contraception20093rdGebbie
Infection and Autoimmunity20152ndShoenfeld
Infectious Diseases20103rdCohen
Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s principles and practice of infectious diseases.20158th (updated)Bennett
Netter’s Infectious Diseases2012 Jong
Oxford handbook of genitourinary medicine, HIV, and sexual health.20193rdMitchell
Sande’s HIV/AIDS Medicine20122ndVolberding
Sexual and reproductive health at a glance.2015 Melville
Working with the trauma of rape and sexual violence: a guide for professionals.2017 Daniels