The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their recommendations for the treatment of several sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and those due to Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium.
Considering the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in adolescents and young adults, should pediatric EDs screen for STDs when these patients present to the ED? From a cost-effectiveness standpoint, the answer is yes, according to a team of researchers who examined this issue recently.
While STD clinics and primary care clinicians detect and treat many of these cases, there is no question EDs play an outsize role in caring for patients with STDs, particularly among disadvantaged populations. However, evidence suggests many EDs are not using all the tools at their disposal to facilitate treatment and curb transmission.