Webinar: Recommendations for Providing Quality Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinical Services, 2020
January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
On January 3, 2020, CDC published Recommendations for Providing Quality Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinical Services (or STD QCS). The goal of this report is to highlight the services healthcare settings can offer to provide optimal STD care for their patients. Join this an informational webinar on January 28, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm ET to learn more about the new recommendations.
During the webinar, we will hear introductory comments from the director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), Dr. Gail Bolan. Dr. Roxanne Barrow, a DSTDP medical epidemiologist, will then highlight the features of the new recommendations. A question and answer session will follow with Dr. Kimberly Workowski, lead author of CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines, Professor of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, Emory University and Dr. Laura Bachmann, Chief Medical Officer, DSTDP.
The recommendations complement CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines. Healthcare professionals can use the recommendations to assess existing STD care service offerings in their facilities and identify opportunities to build, maintain, or enhance the delivery of those services. The recommendations are outlined in eight sections:
- Sexual history and physical examination
- Partner services
- Evaluation of STD-related conditions
- Referral to a specialist for complex STD or STD-related conditions
Our nation continues to experience increases in the number of reported STDs, with over 2.4 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2018. As STD rates climb, Americans will continue to seek care in traditional specialty STD clinics, but also in other clinical settings, including primary care, HIV care, and family planning clinics. Effective care and treatment remains one of our strongest weapons for protecting the health of those who are infected and preventing transmission.