Sexually Transmitted Infection in Corrections

2.0 Continuing Education Hours

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state unequivocally that Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are “the hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the United States” (CDC, 2011). They suggest that there are community-based interventions that are effective, but in order for these interventions to work, stakeholders must “redefine their missions, refocus their efforts, modify how they deliver services and accept new responsibilities” (CDC, 2011). It is therefore extremely important that the correctional nurse is able to identify individuals who may be suffering from a sexually transmitted infection and facilitate their treatment while incarcerated.  In addition, patient education regarding transmission, treatment and potential long-term effects of not treating sexually transmitted infections is also extremely valuable. In this class, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and genital herpes will be reviewed.

Please note: some photos are graphic.