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 will 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 and complications; and (iii) Describe principles of STI prevention and management and outline treatment of individual STIs. HIV infection will only be covered in the context of its interactions with other STIs. Course content includes epidemiology, STIs in key populations, microbiology and clinical aspects of the following conditions: vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, anorectal discharge, genital ulceration, upper genital tract infections including pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted hepatitis, syphilis, anogenital warts and cancer, genital infestations and genital dermatology. 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 online lectures per week;, plus block intensive mode, 2-3 days, 9am-5pm
Short essay (10%); online quizzes (30%); journal club (10%); participation in group exercises (10%); written examination (40%);