A 52-year-old female presents to your clinic concerned that she may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI). She states she is recently divorced and admits she never had to practice â€œsafe sexâ€ before and that she has been with several people over the last few months. She has been drinking â€œway too muchâ€ and feels she should just be tested for everything as she has been experimenting.
What type of questions would you want to ask to begin to focus your plan? How will her risk factors affect your screening?
There are several preventive guidelines related to STI risk and screening. What do the current guidelines indicate she should be screened for?
What recommendations should you make regarding â€œsafe sexâ€ practices?
Are there any other preventive guidelines you should address with this patient?