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190034 - STI: treatment and Management

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1.5 hour

Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) including HIV are on the increase in Australia. As STIs often show no symptoms, most patients with STIs receive their initial diagnosis and care in general practice. As a result, general practice has an important role to play, not only in testing and treating their patients for STIs, but also preventing the acquisition and onwards transmission through preventative work and implementing routine procedures within their practice.
The NSW STI Programs Unit (STIPU) in partnership with the Centre for Excellent in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH), Australian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACCRM) have developed this module to assist GPs to understand the current epidemiology of sexual health in Australia, identify the role they have to play in preventing STIs and consider what changes they can implement into their practice to ensure patients feel comfortable to ask about their sexual health care.

Relevance to General Practice

The majority of Sexual and Reproductive Health care is conducted by General Practitioners. This is a challenging area of medicine as it is a private issue for most patients and requires a sensitive approach and cross cultural mindfulness. The challenges can be intensified in rural and remote communities with overlapping relationships where health professional are very much a part of communities . This can lead to the perception of less confidentiality, which is not shown in research, but never the less important to address. The General Practitioner with a good understanding of issues facing rural sexual health practice will be more at ease to provide best practice medicine in this interesting yet challenging field. See attached supporting document.

Learning outcomes
  • You will gain an awareness of the current epidemiology of STIs and HIV in Australia
  • You will have an increased awareness of current testing Guidelines for STIs
  • You will have knowledge of the recommended treatment and management for STIs
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Rural health
    • Children and young people health
    • Men's health
    • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
    • Women's health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
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    190034 - STI: treatment and Management
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1.5 hour
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    CPD Points
    3 cpd
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