Dr Rimi Shah

Consultant Physician


Clinical Interests

  • Sexual Health screening and management of sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, bacterial vaginosis, candida, genital warts, herpes 
  • Specialist interest in management of chronic vaginal and penile discharge including recurrent candida, balanitis and recurrent bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • Specialist interest in management of women with associated GUM related problems eg vestibulitis, vulvodynia, recurrent vaginal discharge; and in pregnant women with blood bourne viruses
  • HIV testing and management of HIV related conditions including complications of antiretroviral therapy (specialist interest in Women with HIV and antenatal care)
  • Complex chronic conditions such as prostatitis, persistent non-specific urethritis (NSU), vestibulitis and vulval pain
  • Human Papilloma virus vaccination and Hepatitis A and B vaccination
  • Genital dermatology

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • British Medical Association
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British HIV Association
  • British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
  • Medical Defence Union


Personal profile

Dr Rimi Shah is a Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine, HIV and Sexual Health with broad  experience in the management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs and HIV) and sexual health issues. Her focus is to always deliver the best care for her patients, providing a sympathetic ear, a holistic and supportive approach, and a sensitive, discreet service.

Dr Shah offers screening and the management of a wide range of sexual health issues, including the testing and treating of all STIs, chronic or recurrent vaginal discharge, general HIV management, including PEP and PrEP;  as well as the management of sexual health issues including painful sex, prostatitis, vulvodynia and vestibulitis. 

Her specialist interests include the treatment of recurrent or chronic genital conditions including herpes, thrush, bacterial vaginosis, non specific urethritis (NSU) and warts, and in Women’s Health, particularly in the management of vaginal discharge. 

Dr Shah’s NHS work is based at the Royal Free Hospital, where she worked as a Senior Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health for over 10 years and during this time, she has worked at both Royal Free and Barnet sites and developed Specialist clinics for the management of chronic genital conditions and recurrent discharge; and Women’s  and Antenatal STI services. Her many roles have included Clinical Lead for GUM/ HIV; Lead Clinician for Women and Pregnancy; Head of Services for the Department for 6 years; Course Director for GP STI education; and Lecturer at UCL Medical School, University of London.  

She qualified from University of London (Royal Free Medical School), then undertaking general medical training in a number of specialities, before gaining her Membership to Royal College of Physicians. Following this, she completed her Specialist training at in GUM/ HIV at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospitals, a centre of excellence for HIV/ STIs, and was appointed as a Consultant at the Royal Free and Barnet Hospitals, obtaining her Fellowship to the Royal College of Physicians in 2009. 

She has lectured widely within the UK and internationally, in the management of STIs;  and in the care of Women with STIs/ HIV. She is a passionate advocate of reducing stigma and preconceptions, and raising awareness of STIs, and is actively involved in improving sexual health care, through on-going research and education.

Dr Shah's approachable and reassuring manner, together with her commitment to providing high quality and personalised care, are very much at the core of her commitment in ensuring patients are always at the centre of their care. 

(Telephone and video consultations are also available - please enquire)

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