Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Welcome to this module on management of STIs in primary care. The purpose of this module is to support health care professionals in diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in line with current guidelines for best practice. If you are a member of the public seeking information on STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), please see the link below. This course is for members of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).

Members of the public should visit http://www.thinkcontraception.ie/


Module Overview


External CPD Credits: 6
GMS Study Leave: 1 day
No. of Lessons: 5 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


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This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons. Lessons 1-3 comprise a video presentation conveying the core material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. Lesson 4 addresses management of some STIs which are prevalent in Ireland currently, and is divided into a number of short presentations. Supplementary videos, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included within most lessons. Lesson 5 is an MCQ based on Lessons 1-4. 
Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme. We would like to thank the Genitourinary Medicine specialist, Public Health specialists, general practitioners and nurses who provided information and feedback that supported the development of this e-learning module. We thank the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme for the funding for the module.

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    The 5 lessons include:
    • Lesson 1: The Context of STI Management in Ireland 
      This lesson highlights some current epidemiological data on STIs, and discusses issues around notification.
    • Lesson 2: Taking a Sexual Health History 
      This lesson summarises key information that should be considered when taking a sexual history and makes some suggestions around how sensitive questions can be framed.
    • Lesson 3: Tests & Investigations for STIs 
      This lesson provides detail and practical advice on testing for STIs in both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients.
    • Lesson 4: Management of STIs 
      This lesson presents information on current management options of some STIs prevalent in Ireland.
    • Lesson 5: STI's MCQ Quiz 
      On completion of this module, which includes a short MCQ, you will be awarded 3 External CPD Credits.

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The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below


Clinician Resources
  • Crisis Pregnancy [ link ]
  • BASHH Guidelines [ download ]
  • Sexual Health History in General Practice [ download ]
  • STIs - National Medicine's Information Centre [ download ]
  • HIV - National Medicine's Information Centre [ download ]
  • GLEN guidelines, ICGP QIP [ download ]
  • Chlamydia Screening in Ireland Pilot Study [ download ]
  • Guidance on the Role and Effective Use of Chaperones in Primary and Community Care settings, NHS [ download ]
  • STIs and Young People, BASHH <-?-> [ download ]
  • Instructions for Obtaining Patient-collected Vaginal Swab <-?-> [ download ]
  • Testing for STIs in General Practice [ download ]
  • Managing STIs in Primary Care [ download ]
  • Testing for STIs in General Practice [ download ]
  • Chlamydia Screening in General Practice [ download ]
Patient Resources
  • Positive Options [ link ]
  • Think Contraception [ link ]
  • Black & White Guide to STIs [ download ]
  • Your Sexual Health, STIs [ download ]
  • Information booklet on HIV [ download ]
  • Post-exposure Prophylaxis [ download ]
Links
The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).
Clinician Links
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases, including Sexually Transmitted Infections. 
http://hpsc.ie
List of free STI screening services available at 
http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/
Health Protection Surveillance Centre 
http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/HIVSTIs/
Information on Antenatal HIV testing in Ireland
http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/HIVSTIs/HIVandAIDS/AntenatalHIVTesting/
Patient Links
Information for MSM
http://www.man2man.ie
Patient information on sexual health
http://www.yoursexualhealth.ie/
HSE Health Promotion Website
http://healthpromotion.ie
spunout.ie provides a wide range of health information for young people.
http://spunout.ie
Herpes Virus Association for patients
http://www.herpes.org.uk

HIV & Sexual Health Helpline
1800 459 459 or helpline@hse.ie
This is a free and confidential, active listening helpline and email support service offering non-directive support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to substance use or HIV and sexual health. The Helpline receives a diverse range of queries and provides an opportunity to explore a concern in confidence with onward referral when necessary.
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