Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including chlamydia (CT) and gonorrhea (GC) are among the most common reportable infections nationwide. If left untreated, STDs can result in serious health consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain in women. STDs can also increase risk of HIV transmission and acquisition. Because many STDs do not have symptoms, screening for asymptomatic infection is a cornerstone of STD prevention.
This resource from the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers reviews the “5 P” framework for conducting an effective sexual history.