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Emergency Department Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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  • The CDC estimates that there are 20 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) diagnoses each year, which presents not only a massive public health challenge, but $16 billion in direct costs to the healthcare system.
  • Patients can present with multiple concurrent STDs. Avoid premature diagnostic closure and consider multiple simultaneous processes.
  • Urinary tract infections and STDs can present similarly. Be sure to do a pelvic examination to avoid misdiagnosis.
  • Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STD. The diagnostic test of choice is nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT). Treat with azithro-mycin or doxycycline. See Table 3 for dosages.

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Authors

Camiron L. Pfennig-Bass, MD, MHPE; Elizabeth Page Bridges, MD

Peer Reviewed By

Joelle Borhart, MD, FACEP, FAAEM;James Castellone, MD, MBA, FACEP, CHCQM

Publication Date

April 1, 2019

CME Expiration Date

May 1, 2022

Pub Med ID: 30908000

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