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- Topics
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- Objectives
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- Laboratory
- Clinical
- Syndromic
> Syndromic
- Strengths
- Weaknesses
- Accuracy
- Genital Ulcer
- Algorithm
- Urethral
- Algorithm
- Vaginal
- Vaginitis
- Cervicitis
- Algorithms
- Algorithms
- Algorithms
- Abdominal
- Algorithm
- Algorithm
- Other Issues
- Treatment
- Screening
- The Four Cs
- Resources
- HIV Testing
- Vaccination
- Preliminary
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Section 3 - STD Management

Syndromic Approach (continued)

  • Can be used where laboratory services are not available

  • Accuracy improves when supplemented with simple laboratory tests

  • Useful only for persons with symptoms

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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.



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