This unit aims to describe the epidemiology, microbiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and management strategies for the common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Discuss the microbiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of the common STIs; (ii) Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical spectrum of STIs, including asymptomatic infection, genital manifestations, extragenital manifestations and problems related to pregnancy; and (iii) When discussing STI management, students will understand the impact of STIs at individual and population levels and how needs differ with risk activity groups and geographical locations. HIV infection will only be covered in the context of its interactions with other STIs. Course content will include the basic anatomy, physiology and clinical skills required for the investigation of STIs; the epidemiology, microbiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions: vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, genital ulceration, upper genital tract infections, sexually transmitted hepatitis, syphilis, anogenital warts and cancer, genital infestations, genital dermatology and other conditions likely to present in a sexual health context. Issues related to difficulties of access to treatment, the challenges faced in resource-poor settings and syndromic management will also be covered.
Normal day: compulsory attendance at 3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr journal club per week; Block mode: 3x1hr lectures per week; plus block intensive mode, 2-3 days, 9am-5pm
Written examination (40%); Short essay (10%); Online quizzes (30%); Journal club (10%); Participation in group exercises (10%)
Note: Students enrolled in one of the Sexual and Reproductive Health or Internal Medicine degrees can choose Normal Day (ND) or Block Mode (BM) option. Other students must choose Normal Day (ND) mode.