Sexually transmitted diseases in injection drug users

Mettassebia B. Kanno, Jonathan Zenilman

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The recommended work up for the diagnosis of STDs in injection drug users is presented in the box. Diagnostic work up for sexually transmitted disease in injection drug users: Asymptomatic patients-screening work up. Serology. VDRL, HIV antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibodies AND. Endocervical speciment. Genococcal culture, gonococcal DNA detection (probe) OR. Amlification (PCR), chlamydial DNA detection or amplification OR. Urine specimen - gonococcal and chlamydial DNA amplification (PCR) AND. Vaginal specimen. pH, clue cells, Trichomonas. Endourethral specimen. Gonococcal DNA amplification, chlamydial DNA amplification OR. Urine specimen-gonococcal and chlamydial amplification. Symptomatic patients-diagnostic work up. All of the above AND. Genital ulcers. Dark field microscopy, Herpes simplex virus-DNA detection or culture, and, depending on geographic risk factors, Gram's stain for Hemophilus duceryl. Exophytic lesions. Clinical diagnosis of genital warts, skin biopsy if treatment fails VDRL, Venereal Disease Research Laboratory; PCR, polymerase chain reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-780
Number of pages10
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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