In 1973 The Court of the Society instituted an examination leading to the award of a Diploma in Venereology. This Diploma, now known as the Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine, covers sexually transmitted infections and related conditions and is open to registered medical practitioners who have worked in a Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Venereology or Sexual Health, or who have other relevant experience.
The examination is standard set at the level of a (competent) Year 2 SpR/ST4 in Genitourinary Medicine (Sexual Health and HIV). Those applicants who are not at that level may lack some of the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to pass the examination. Experience should be current so that candidates are fully aware of any recent developments.
The examination is based on the Specialty Training Curriculum for Genitourinary Medicine which was implemented on 1 December 2016.
In summary, the changes are:
- Reorganisation of the HIV content.
- New section on sexual dysfunction.
- Revisions to some competencies to ensure that doctors in training are able to respond to the needs of transgender/non-binary individuals.
- Addition of MCR tool.
- General updates in relation to Good Medical Practice and Equality and Diversity.
- Enhancing the content in relation to Female Genital Mutilation.
- Addition of QIPAT.
The curriculum and supporting documents including the "ARCP Decision Aid" are available on the JRCPTB web site at
A modular course run by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) provides useful revision.
Guide to the Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine - (incorporating the Regulations and Curriculum)
Note to prospective applicants regarding changes to the exam schedule AFTER 2021
Administative Guidance for Candidates- Please note that the application deadline falls 12 weeks before the written paper.
Policy for candidates seeking Special Examination Arrangements
Standard Setting Procedures for Diploma Examinations
Application forms for the November/December 2021 exam are now available for download below. We are sorry for the delay.
You will notice some changes - mainly that a "pass" result for a single part of the exam may now be retained, and re-entry to only undertake the remaining part be permitted within a period of 2 years (see para 9 in the Guide to the DipGUM).
The deadline for receipt of Applications for the Nov/Dec 2021 exam has now passed.
First time entry to the exam: FormA
Re-entry to the exam: FormR1
Request for special examination arrangements: Form Q
Examination Review and Appeal Procedure
The Society's Review and Appeal Procedure gives information about feedback, review and appeal.
Candidates who seek a review or appeal should note that there is a fee payable, the amount of which is given the the relevant Guide to the Diploma, including the Regulations and Curriculum.
Information on how to complete the Best of 5 'BO5' paper
GU Sample questions - BO5 and OSCE
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