Management of Patients with Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Emergency Department

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Abstract

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are very common infections in the United States. Most patients with STIs are evaluated and treated in primary care settings; however, many also present to the Emergency Department (ED) for initial care. Management of STIs in the ED includes appropriate testing and treatment per CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines. Although most patients with STIs are asymptomatic or may only exhibit mild symptoms, serious complications from untreated infection are possible. Pregnant women with STIs are particularly vulnerable to serious complications; therefore, empiric ED treatment combined with close follow-up care and referral to obstetrics are paramount.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-776
Number of pages10
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Public health
  • Syphilis

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