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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Learning Goals

Reproductive health is an evolving, dynamic and ever-changing subject. To offer high quality services and care, policy-makers, administrators and providers of services need to remain abreast of current information and practices. Unfortunately, there exists a significant gap between the information available to workers in the field of STDs and those in FP/MCH. The purpose of this module is to help close that gap by providing current information to FP/MCH policy-makers, managers and health-care providers. The module provides a core of information that can be adapted as needed for various audience members.

The first section of this module provides information that will help audience members:

  • explain what STDs are and the magnitude of their impact
  • discuss effective strateties for STD management on the public health level
  • describe STD control activities that can be implemented at the program level.

The second section of the module provides information that will help audience members:

  • discuss the importance of incorporating STD prevention services into FP/MCH programs
  • explain the importance of counseling and condom promotion in STD prevention
  • explain the significance of STD prevention when discussing contraceptive choice with clients.

The third section of the module provides information that will help audience members:

  • identify different approaches to STD management
  • explain the syndromic management approach, including its advantages and limitations
  • discuss possible algorithms for four common treatable syndromes (genital ulcer, urethral discharge, vaginal discharge and lower abdominal pain), and ways to adapt these algorithms to local situations.
 

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