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Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Infections (by ASCLS) (Online CE Course)

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Lynda Britton, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, Professor, Program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA

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  • Discuss the epidemiology of each bacterial cause of sexually transmitted infections.
  • Correlate presenting clinical signs and symptoms with the organism identifications for the sexually transmitted bacterial infection being presented.
  • Outline the presumptive and definitive characteristics for the laboratory identification of each bacterial species.
  • Discuss consequences and prevention of sexually transmitted bacterial infections.
  • Analyze and solve case studies.

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  • Introduction
      • Introduction
  • Syphilis
      • Introduction to Syphilis
      • Syphilis
      • Symptoms of Primary and Secondary Syphilis
      • Latent Syphilis
      • Late or Tertiary Syphilis
      • Congenital Syphilis
      • Epidemiology of Syphilis
      • Recent Outbreak
      • Outbreak in Jefferson County, Alabama by Sex Partner
      • Outbreak in Jefferson County, Alabama by Age
      • Outbreak in Jefferson County, Alabama by Race/Ehtnicity
      • 2009 CDC Syphilis Statistics
      • Laboratory Diagnosis
      • Syphilis Serology: Nontreponemal Tests
      • Rapid Plasma Reagin Test
      • Biological False Positives
      • Treponemal Serology Tests
      • FTA-ABS
      • TP-PA
      • EIA and CIA
      • Tradition Testing Algorithm
      • Tradition Testing Algorithm if Positive
      • Automated Algorithm Reverse Sequence
      • Pros and Cons of EIA/CIA Tests
      • Serology Reactivity in Syphilis
      • Syphilis Test by Test Type in California
      • CDC's Recommended Algorithm for Reverse Sequence Testing
      • CDC Recommendations
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
      • Introduction
      • Chlamydia trachomatis
      • Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Chlamydia Infections
      • Possible Increased Risk Factors for Chlamydia in Adolescents and Young Adults
      • Symptoms of Chlamydia Infections
      • Sequelae in Women with Chlamydia
      • Epidemiology of PID
      • Laboratory Diagnosis
      • Nucleic Acid Tests
      • Chlamydia Screening
      • Chlamydia Prevention
    • Lymphogranuloma Venereum
      • Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) Epidemiology
      • Symptoms of LGV
      • Diagnosis of LGV
  • Gonorrhea
      • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
      • Epidemiology of Gonorrhea
      • Symptoms of Gonorrhea
      • Systemic Gonorrhea
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Presumptive
      • Laboratory Diagnosis Definitive Diagnosis
      • Susceptibility Testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae
      • Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea
  • Chancoid Caused by Haemophilus ducreyi
      • Haemophilus ducreyi
      • Haemophilus ducreyi Symptoms
      • Chancroid Epidemiology
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of Chancroid
  • HIV and STIs
      • Connection Between HIV and STIs
  • Prevention of STIs
      • Prevention
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Sexually transmitted infections are preventable but take both health and economic resources to diagnose and treat persons infected.  This course describes the symptoms, epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis of syphilis, gonorrhea, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venereum and other Chlamydia STIs.  New testing methods used in medical laboratories is included.

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