Sexually Transmitted Infections & Diseases

Objectives

This class is designed to teach students to:

  1. Describe the basics of HIV – what it is, how it is transmitted, how transmission is prevented.

  2. Define which populations are more susceptible to transmission and why.

  3. Identify global trends in HIV transmission.

  4. Describe behavioral and biomedical intervention strategies.

  5. Recognize the issues among specific groups, i.e.: Men having Sex with Men (MSM), illegal immigrants, intellectually disabled, transgender.

  6. List available resources.

  7. Summarize the statistics for age, gender, race/ethnicity and other demographics regarding prevalence of the various STIs.

  8. Describe cause, incidence and transmission, symptoms and complications, and treatment for bacterial STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, nongonococcal urethritis, syphilis, and chancroid.

  9. Describe cause, incidence and transmission, symptoms and complications, and treatment for viral STDs, including herpes, human papilloma virus, viral hepatitis, and human immunodefiency virus.

  10. Describe cause, incidence and transmission, symptoms and complications, and treatment for vaginal infections including bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis, and trichomoniasis.

  11. Describe cause, incidence and transmission, symptoms and complications, and treatment for ectoparasitic infections, including pubic lice and scabies.

  12. Identify the clinical issues relevant for psychotherapy regarding STIs.

  13. Utilize appropriate interview techniques for taking a sexual history.

  14. Incorporate STI education into clinical practice.

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