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Keywords:

  • sexually transmitted diseases viral;
  • sexually transmitted diseases bacterial

Persons rely on health care providers to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions based on the most current information. With areas of practice changing rapidly, providers are challenged to keep abreast of new and changing treatment guidelines. The new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2002 Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Treatment Guidelines provide clinical guidance in the appropriate assessment and management of STDs. This article reviews recent changes in the STD Treatment Guidelines for the most common disease entities and their sequelae encountered by women's health practitioners. The changes noted in this article include new screening recommendations, use of new diagnostics, new treatment algorithms, and changes in therapeutic regimens.