- Can be used where laboratory services are
- Accuracy improves when supplemented with simple
- Useful only for persons with symptoms
We are now going to discuss in detail the syndromic approach
to STDs, also called syndromic management. This approach was
designed because laboratory services are often not available
and the clinical approach without lab support is not reliable.
Providers can use this approach where no laboratory support
is available. A clinic with some laboratory capacity can supplement
the syndromic approach with simple tests. These lab tests can
exclude diagnosis of a specific infection within a syndrome,
making the syndromic approach more accurate.
Syndromic management can be used only with women who have symptoms
of infection and cannot be used with asymptomatic persons.