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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been a serious problem in the U.S., and newly reported cases continue to be high, even throughout the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2022f). Rates for gonorrhea, syphilis, and congenital syphilis are higher than in 2016. However, the CDC suggests that transmission rates should be interpreted cautiously and with the understanding that COVID-19 significantly impacted STI surveillance, screening, and prevention due to a “strained public health infrastructure.” Furthermore, due to the asymptomatic nature of some STIs, it is estimated that a significant number of affected people remain undiagnosed. Therefore, all healthcare providers should be knowledgeable about STIs and provide appropriate education to prevent transmission and manage the infection. 

The goal of this course is to update acute healthcare professionals on evidence-based standards for care of patients with common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Due to the complexity of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), it will not be discussed in this course. Hepatitis B is also not discussed in this course.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss common sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).
  • Identify current treatments for common STIs.
  • Describe patient education to prevent and manage STIs.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 11/01/22

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.