NSW Health Sexual Health Services - Standard Operating Procedures manual

NSW Sexually Transmissible Infections Programs Unit


Words that can be abbreviated anywhere without explanation (but still included in Abbrevs list):

AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
BBV Blood-borne Virus
GP General Practitioner
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
LHD Local Health District
MSM Men who have sex with men
PFSHS Publicly Funded Sexual Health Service(s)
SMS Text message on mobile phone (from ‘short message service’)
stat statim immediately (only in context of drug dosages)
STI Sexually Transmissible Infection

Words that can be abbreviated within a section after explanation at first use:

antiHBc antibody to the hepatitis B virus core
antiHBs antibody to the hepatitis B virus surface
antiHCV antibody to hepatitis C virus
ART Antiretroviral Treatment
BMI Body Mass Index
cART Combined Antiretroviral Treatment
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CST Cervical Screening Test
EC Emergency Contraception
ECP Emergency Contraceptive Pill (i.e. not including IUD option)
eGFR Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
ELISA Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay
HBsAg Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin
HPF high-power field
HPV Human Papillomavirus
LGV Lymphogranuloma Venereum (name of disease)
MCV Molluscum Contagiosum Virus
MG Mycoplasma genitalium (name of organism); M. genitalium at 2nd mention
NAAT Nucleic Acid Amplification Test
NGU Nongonorrhoeal Urethritis
nPEP Nonoccupational Postexposure Prophylaxis
PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction
PEP Postexposure Prophylaxis
PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PMN Polymorphonuclear Leukocyte(s)
PPE Personal Protection Equipment
PrEP Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
PWID People who inject drugs
QT No expansion; only used in ‘long QT syndrome’
SOP Standard Operating Procedure(s)
STIGMA Sexually Transmissible Infections in Gay Men Action Group
TB g IFN Tuberculosis Gamma Interferon
VCNT Vancomycin, Colistin, Nystatin & Trimethoprim

Abbreviations to be avoided:

bd bis die (avoid; use ‘twice daily’)
CVD Cardiovascular disease (avoid; spell out)
FCU First-catch urine (avoid; spell out)
HCW Healthcare worker (avoid; spell out)
LNG Levonorgestrel (check) (avoid)
MO Medical Officer (avoid; spell out)
po per orem (use ‘orally’)
RN registered nurse (avoid; spell out)
TOC test of cure (avoid; spell out)
U/A urinalysis (avoid; spell out)