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Addressing STDs and Pregnancy in Women

Abstract:
This course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of clinicians who work with women at high risk for STDs. It is designed to teach clinicians how to help patients adopt healthy behaviors, decrease risky sex behaviors, and participate significantly in STD screening, testing, counseling, education, and treatment. This course teaches clinicians how to increase patients' motivation to engage in healthy behaviors. The course reviews (1) important issues related to women and STDs; (2) the associations among STDs, pregnancy, and reproductive health; (3) strategies that can be used to improve the effectiveness of STD counseling, education, and prevention efforts; and (4) potential challenges and solutions for providing brief prevention interventions.

Authors:
Mim Landry, Senior Science Writer, Danya International; Jenny Namur, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Research Associate, Project Director, and Senior Health Communicator, Danya International; Hendi Crosby Kowal, M.P.H., Senior Public Health Specialist, Danya International.

Sponsor:
This course is sponsored by Danya International and was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Accreditation:
This course is not yet approved for CME credit.

Audience: Physicians

Time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $20

Objectives:
By the end of this course, you will experience:
  • Increased familiarity transmission patterns of STDs among women of childbearing age, pregnant women, youth, and special populations

  • Increased awareness about women's STD-related susceptibility and level of burden and complications

  • Increased understanding of the acute and long-term medical consequences of STDs on women's health, pregnancy, and newborns, as well as the ways STDs can be transmitted during pregnancy

  • Increased familiarity of the most frequent STDs in relation to presentation, prevalence and consequences for women, transmission to children, effects on pregnancy and newborns, and treatment

  • Increased knowledge about the Stages of Change model of behavior change and the FRAMES strategies to enhance motivation and provide STD prevention counseling

  • Increased skills in using patient-centered, motivation-enhancing interventions to provide STD prevention counseling, education, and prevention

  • Increased understanding about the need for STD testing among women of childbearing age and greater awareness about why providers and patients tend not to discuss sex and sexual health issues

  • Enhanced knowledge about barriers to testing, barriers to effective treatment, and solutions to overcome these barriers