Emergency department diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases

Emerg Med Pract. 2019 Apr;21(4):1-32. Epub 2019 Apr 1.


Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing threat to public health, but are often underrecognized, due to the often nonspecific (or absent) signs and symptoms, the myriad diseases, and the possibility of co-infection. Emergency clinicians play a critical role in improving healthcare outcomes for both patients and their partners. Optimizing the history and physical examination, ordering appropriate testing, and prescribing antimicrobial therapies, when required, will improve outcomes for men, women, and pregnant women and their babies. This issue reviews the latest evidence in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, focusing on efficient and safe strategies to optimize outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical History Taking
  • Physical Examination
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / drug therapy*


  • Biomarkers