142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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“State of The Science Update: Sexually Transmitted Infections"

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC , College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Background and issues: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health concern and a significant source of morbidity. It is estimated that there are over 19 million new cases of STIs diagnosed each year in the United States, many of these occurring in young persons under the age of 25. Many infections are asymptomatic and disease transmission occurs when men and women are unaware they can transmit the bacteria or virus to their sexual partner.  

Description: This session will focus on current CDC STI screening and treatment guidelines, identification of groups most at risk, and strategies for performing comprehensive sexual health histories on patients of all ages.   

Lessons-learned: Health care providers often lack education and training in sexual health. Many patients are not being screened for sexually transmitted infections according to national guidelines. Absent or inadequate screening contributes to morbidity and hinders disease detection and prevention.  

Implications/Recommendations: Health care providers must be aware of current national guidelines for sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment, including awareness of high risk groups. Individualized, non-judgmental discussions of sexual risk behavior are imperative to improve screening rates, defection of asymptomatic infections and prevention of disease sequelae. Access to care, accurate history taking, prompt diagnosis and treatment, and risk reduction education are necessary to reduce disease incidence and improve the sexual health of all persons across the lifespan.

Learning Areas:

Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the current recommendations for sexually transmitted infection screening based on age.

Keyword(s): STDs/STI

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctorally prepared women's health nurse practitioner with 17 years experience working in reproductive health. I have been the principal or co-investigator on internally and externally funded research examining sexual risk behaviors among men and women.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Actavis Pharma Women's Health Advisory Committee/Board and Consultant

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.