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- Laboratory
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- Syndromic
- Syndromic
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- Genital Ulcer
- Algorithm
- Urethral
- Algorithm
- Vaginal
- Vaginitis
- Cervicitis
- Algorithms
- Algorithms
- Algorithms
- Abdominal
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- Algorithm
- Other Issues
> Treatment
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- The Four Cs
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Section 3 - STD Management

Asymptomatic Women: Treatment

  • Many women with gonorrhea and chlamydia are asymptomatic

  • Notifying and treating partners of infected men is most effective

  • Presumptive treatment is option for those at high risk

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Many women infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia, infections that can have serious long-term consequences, have no symptoms. Thus, infection in these women is often left untreated.

Perhaps the most reliable way to treat asymptomatic women who may have STDs is through their infected male partners. Diagnosing men with gonorrhea or chlamydia is very reliable using the urethral discharge algorithm. It is important to contact and treat the partners of men with these infections – even if these women have no symptoms. STD clinics that treat mainly men should be encouraged to notify and refer the men’s partners for treatment.

Another treatment approach under consideration is presumptive treatment for everyone in a particular area or situation. For example, all sex workers might be treated for gonorrhea and chlamydia in a specific geographical area where rates of these infections are high.



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