STI Management Guidelines
Management and treatment for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) is vital to reduce ongoing transmission and limit impact on the individual.
Primary care professionals are best placed to manage and treat STIs and their complications, as most STIs are diagnosed in primary care.
Most STIs can be managed and treated in primary care with support available from local sexual health clinics if needed.
In some cases it is recommended to treat STIs presumptively before waiting for the results. For more information, see the Australian STI Management Guidelines for Use in Primary Care.
Contact tracing (partner notification) is the responsibility of the diagnosing clinician or their delegate. Please discuss contact tracing with all patients suspected or diagnosed with an STI for which contact tracing is recommended.
Please use the online contract tracing manual for assistance.
There are many supporting resources available to expand your scope of practice of health and to assist in the management and treatment of STIs.
Policies and Guidelines
Please see a list of practical guidelines and frameworks to support you.
Education and Training
ASHM delivers a wide range of STI education in many locations, as well as online modules and webinars. All training is endorsed by the relevant professional organisation and eligible for RACGP QI&CPD points or continuing professional development hours.
Contact tracing (also called partner notification) is essential for the public health management of STIs, by limiting onward transmission. ASHM delivers training in contact tracing and developed the Australasian Contact Tracing Manual, in hardcopy or online form, to support health professionals to undertake contact tracing.
ASHM also has an eLearning package involving 8 online modules designed for WA nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers, titled Partner Notification (Contact Tracing) eLearning Modules.
ASHM endorses the Remote Area Health Corps' online STI education for remote area health professionals.
ASHM develops a range of practical resources to support health professionals preventing, testing, diagnosing and managing STIs. There is also a series of profession-based booklets for other groups in contact with sexually transmissible infections, including HIV and viral hepatitis.