The STI Provider Toolkit
The STI Provider Toolkit contains the following resources to help you manage your patients' sexual health:
Sexual Health Newsletter
Do Ask, Do Tell: A Toolkit for Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings
The Fenway Institute developed the toolkit Do Ask, Do Tell: A Toolkit for Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Information in Clinical Settings to help clinicians better understand the health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and how the routine collection of structured data on sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) in clinical settings can help improve care provision and outcomes for this underserved population.
Adolescent Health Resource
The PTC partnered with Dr. Alwyn Cohall and Dr. Bruce Armstrong of Columbia University to create a DVD for clinical providers called An Empowering Approach to Screening, Educating, and Counseling Adolescents At-risk for STIs. The approach in this video and the accompanying workbook aims to create a partnership between healthcare providers and adolescents so that both are actively involved in taking steps to protect and promote the adolescent’s health. As in any real partnership, both sides play important roles. Adolescents are ultimately responsible for maintaining behaviors that promote their health, but providers play a significant role in helping them do so. To help providers do their part, we present an "empowering" approach that attempts to build the adolescent’s motivation and capacity to perform behaviors that help them avoid STIs and adhere to treatment if they become infected.
GC Treatment Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends the oral antibiotic cefixime as a first-line treatment option for gonorrhea in the United States because of the possibility that the bacteria which causes gonorrhea is becoming resistant to the drug. The most effective treatment for gonorrhea is a combination therapy: the injectable antibiotic ceftriaxone along with one of two other oral antibiotics, either azithromycin or doxycycline. For full treatment information please click here. Visit the CDC website for more information and additional GC resources.