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Emerg Med Pract. 2019 Apr 1;21(Suppl 4):1-2.

Points & Pearls: Emergency department diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases

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1
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine Residency Director, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville; Department of Emergency Medicine, Prisma Health-Upstate, Greenville, SC
2
Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Clerkship Director, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville; Department of Emergency Medicine, Prisma Health-Upstate, Greenville, SC
3
Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
4
EMS Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Abstract

Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing threat to public health, but are often underrecognized, due to the often nonspecific (or absent) signs and symptoms, the myriad diseases, and the possibility of co-infection. Emergency clinicians play a critical role in improving healthcare outcomes for both patients and their partners. Optimizing the history and physical examination, ordering appropriate testing, and prescribing antimicrobial therapies, when required, will improve outcomes for men, women, and pregnant women and their babies. This issue reviews the latest evidence in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, focusing on efficient and safe strategies to optimize outcomes. [Points & Pearls is a digest of Emergency Medicine Practice.].

PMID:
30943364
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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