Sexually Transmitted Infections


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

20 Apr 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), previously known as sexually transmitted diseases, involve the transmission of an organism between sexual partners through different routes of sexual contact, either oral, anal, or vaginal. STIs affect all people and can be prevented with proper education and barrier control. The most common STIs include both curable (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, trichomonas) and treatable (herpes viruses, human papillomavirus, human immunodeficiency virus) conditions. The correlating symptoms generally fall into 2 categories: discharge/dysuria or ulcerative lesions. The likelihood of contracting these conditions depends on the prevalence of the disease, patient behavior, and underlying comorbidities. Early screening and recognition of STIs are key to preventing disease spread, morbidity, and mortality. These infections are more frequently underrecognized and have a higher incidence in medically underserved populations.

This course explores the complexities of STIs, encompassing both curable and treatable conditions transmitted through various routes of sexual contact. Emphasizing prevention through education and barrier control underscores the significance of early screening and recognition to prevent disease spread and associated morbidity and mortality. STIs disproportionately affect medically underserved populations, highlighting the need for heightened awareness and proactive intervention strategies. Participants in this course gain comprehensive knowledge of STI evaluation and management, including diagnostic approaches, treatment modalities, and preventive measures. Collaborating with an interprofessional team comprising healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, counselors, and public health specialists enhances patient outcomes by facilitating holistic care delivery. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, clinicians optimize screening efforts, ensure prompt treatment initiation, and provide ongoing support and education to patients.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Assess the most likely sexually transmitted infections based on patients' history and symptomatology, community prevalence, and diagnostic testing.

  • Identify the long-term complications of a sexually transmitted infection and appropriate post-treatment follow-up.

  • Determine the management of patients with sexually transmitted infections through therapeutic interventions and behavioral modification.

  • Optimize screening efforts through interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to ensure prompt treatment initiation, and provide ongoing support and education to patients.


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Continuing Education Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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