Puttalam district shows higher rate of HIV. Considering the interaction between HIV and STI, management of STI-associated syndromes by GPs was studied in Puttalam district. Objective:
To describe the management of STI-associated syndromes by GPs in Puttalam district. Method:
A descriptive cross-sectional study was done in Puttalam district from 1st
February to 30th
April 2016 among 114 randomly selected part-time GPs using a self-administered questionnaire. Management of five STI syndromes were compared with national guidelines. Results:
Vaginal discharge and lower abdominal pain syndromes were encountered by majority (97%) of GPs. However, vaginal discharge was considered as the syndrome with the highest possibility of an STI by majority (93%) of GPs. Urine full report (94.9%) and VDRL (77.5%) were the commonest investigations ordered by GPs. 4.3% of patients with urethral discharge, 4.3% of patients with vaginal discharge, 15 % of patients with genital ulcers, 10.5% of patients with scrotal swelling and 1.7% of patients with genital warts were managed according to the national guidelines. Notably none of the patients with lower abdominal pain syndromes were managed according to the guideline.
Management of partners of patients with STI syndromes were done by 50.9% of GPs. Majority of GPs (87%) educated patients on STI prevention. Most of the referrals were to the local STI clinic (74.6%) and most of these referrals were patients with genital warts (89.5%). Conclusions:
Large number of GPs are managing patients with STI syndromes. However, standard management of STI syndromes are done by only small number of GPs. Therefore, more educational and training programs on STI management for GPs are recommended.