Thursday, March 3, 2016

STI treatment & empiric therapy

emDocs - March 3, 2016 - Author: Levesque A - Edited by: Koyfman A & Bright J
"It is essential for Emergency Physicians to know the standard of care for sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatments, as patients often present to Emergency Departments for evaluation and treatment shortly after exposure to these diseases. The Emergency Department provides patients with rapid screening, diagnosis, treatment regimens, and access to outpatient follow up. The CDC has updated the recommendations in 2015 and can be found at This article is aimed to provide the pertinent updates and recommendations applicable to the Emergency Department.
Updated treatment recommendations regarding the most common pathogens with increasing resistance rates of antibiotic resistance
It is essential for ED providers to know the current treatment recommendations based on antibiotic resistance. In treatment of STIs, concurrent treatment of all sex partners is critical for prevention of transmission and re-infection. Patients and partners should be advised to abstain from intercourse until they and their sexual partners have been adequately treated and all symptoms have resolved.
For a quick reference guide on the current STI treatment recommendations from the 2015 CDC guidelines, please see "