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Diagnostic Methods in Sexual Health - SEXH5206

This unit aims to introduce the student to the common methods used in the diagnosis and management of infections with the common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including HIV. On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Understand the principles of Infection Control; methods used in diagnostic microbiology including specimen collection, storage and transport; specific diagnostic techniques and the interpretation of laboratory results; principle methods of detection for the following organisms/conditions: Chlamydia trachomatis, Candida albicans, Mycoplasmas genitaliums, Herpes simplex viruses, Human papillomaviruses, Molluscum contagiosum virus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Treponema pallidum, Trichomonas vaginalis, tropical genital ulcerating conditions and genital ectoparasites; and (ii) Discuss methods used and interpretation of hepatitis serology; laboratory aspects of syndromic management of vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, rectal discharge and prostatism; the diagnosis and management of HIV infection; the diagnosis of HIV-related opportunistic infections and tumours, and genital cytological assessment. Course content will include reading materials and exercises. A compulsory intensive, one week face-to-face lab practicum allows students to consolidate their theoretical knowledge.

Online with a compulsory one week laboratory practical session towards the end of the course which will compliment the online learning

Online quizzes (30%); Case based assignments (20%); Journal club (10%); Written exam (40%)

Additional information
Department permission required for enrolment; Students who are not enrolled in one of the Sexual and Reproductive Health degrees must apply to the Unit of Study Coordinator for permission to enrol in this unit of study.


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Sexual Health
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, Professor David Lewis
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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