Sexually transmitted disease: Easier screening tests, single-dose therapies

Campos-Outcalt, Doug
December 2003
Journal of Family Practice;Dec2003, Vol. 52 Issue 12, p965
Academic Journal
This family medicine practice alert focuses on three prevalent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia infections. Nucleic acid amplification tests facilitate screening and diagnosis of chlamydia and gonorrhea with a urine sample. A variety of single-dose therapies for STDs are available. A disadvantage often of a single-dose therapy is its cost, but when compared with the total costs of incomplete treatments, the price of a single-dose agent may seem more acceptable. It should be noted that treatment of patients with STDs is not complete until sex partners who had been exposed are also evaluated, tested, and treated. Family physicians can screen high-risk persons, use recommended treatment regimens, report communicable diseases as required by state statute, and assist with partner notification. INSET: Sex and the Internet.


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