In the Most Simplest Language, Sexually transmitted infections, also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ARE essentially PREVENTABLE.
There are helpful guidelines that are publically available for the general community, including patients, to review proper steps to prevent contacting a sexually transmitted infection.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010
Recommendations and Reports
December 17, 2010 / 59(RR12);1-110 (refer to Centers For Disease Control)
The above reference is suggested as a guide with respect to specific types of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) which can be reviewed.
Often times, patients are confused as to the proper protocol for evaluation as well as treatment and management due to the variations in treatment and management through public and private clinical practices, as well as through resources on the internet.
In our practice at MDC-Atlanta, the following steps are taken to achieve a uniform evaluation and management for patients with potential STI/STD:
1. A complete, relevant recent protected or unprotected sexual history is obtained from the patient to guide with proper evaluation, diagnosis, testing and/or management
2. A thorough pelvic examination is performed using standard medical protocol and procedure
3. A pap smear sample is usually collected for immediate microscopic examination, directly looking for common STI’s such as HPV, HSV, trichomonas, etc.; or a swab smear from male urethra is reviewed under the microscope to examine for evidence of urethritis.
4. A sample is collected in transport media and submitted to appropriately credentialed Reference Clinical Medical Laboratory for appropriate laboratory studies to confirm and/or reject the clinical impression for STI.
5. Based on the preliminary medical diagnostic impression, the patient is counseled and given appropriate preliminary, impirical treatment and management according to standards of medical care
6. The patient is then given an opportunity for question-answer session regarding further prevention and/or management of sexually transmitted infections, as well as appropriate follow up.
We at MDC-Atlanta remain committed to keeping our patients informed for better quality and safe medical care