This course presents a review of the incidence, prevalence, and cost of sexually transmitted infections in the United States. There are about 20 million new infections in the US each year, placing a multi-billion dollar direct financial burden on the healthcare system.
In particular, this course reviews syphilis, chlamydia, genital herpes, and gonorrhea in great detail. Each of these sexually transmitted diseases is discussed in terms of prevalence, causality, signs and symptoms, complications, relationship to HIV and neonatal development, diagnosis, testing, treatment, and prevention.
This course is based upon material published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is available as an open access article.
This course on sexually transmitted infections is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of STIs.
The course material includes a review of four of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
Authors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding sexually transmitted infections. Specifically, a professional will:
- Describe the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in the United States
- Identify screening recommendations for STIs
- Recognize methods of prevention for gonorrhea
Citation: Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States. Division of STD Prevention, National Center for HIV-AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017)