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Is It Time for Syndromic Testing for Genital Ulcers?

Credit: 1.0 ACCENT
Duration: 1 hour
Date: MAY.17.2023 3:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Level: Basic

Genital ulcers, particularly those caused by herpes and syphilis infections, pose both a public health and clinical challenge in the United States, especially in young adults. Molecular methods are commonly limited to diagnosing HSV and VZV with serological methods routinely used for syphilis. Although molecular methods may help with the diagnosis of syphilis, there is no FDA-cleared nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for the infection. Therefore, NAAT use is limited. There are also concerns that diagnosis based only on medical history and physical examination may result in inaccuracies and potentially delayed care. Novel approaches, such as syndromic approaches, are important to consider.

In this webinar, Dr. Marty Soehnlen reviews the currently available testing approaches and testing needs for genital ulcers from a clinical vs. public health perspective. Dr. Soehnlen will then discuss the future potential of newer methods when considering a syndromic approach to testing genital ulcers

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