Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment

The Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment is a self-directed evaluation, featuring an anatomical review, an overview of infections, case histories, and identification and treatment activities.

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Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment
for Health Care Providers and First Responders

Forensic Learning Series

The Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment is a comprehensive volume written for medical professionals to learn, apply, and demonstrate competency in the evaluation of sexually transmitted infections. This self-directed evaluation features an anatomical review, an overview of 19 different sexually transmitted infections and their symptoms, and detailed testing and treatment guidelines based on current recommendations from the CDC.

Readers will have the benefit of assessing individual cases of sexually transmitted infections to increase their understanding of how each infection may present in both children and adults. All case histories include a series of exercises designed to refine the reader’s skills in diagnosis and follow-up care.

Features & Benefits:

  • Over 140 high-quality images
  • Test section featuring 19 additional case studies and corresponding exercises in STI evaluation
  • Authored by internationally recognized experts
  • Ideal for self-directed study or group instruction
  • Written for medical professionals at every level of experience, from novice to advanced

STM Learning’s editorial team has also developed a set of flashcards on sexually transmitted infections to accompany the text.

Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11 x 8.5 inches
260 pages, 144 images, 32 contributors


Forensic Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners, Emergency Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Students, Physicians, Emergency Physicians, Medical Students, Physician Assistants, Victim Advocates.

Publication date:

June 2020


978-1-936590-85-8 (Print)
978-1-936590-86-5 (eBook)

Table of Contents

Section I: Anatomical Review

Section II: Bacterial Infections
1. Bacterial Vaginosis
2. Chancroid
3. Lymphogranuloma Venereum
4. Granuloma Inguinale (Donovanosis)
5. Mycoplasma Genitalium
6. Chlamydia
7. Gonorrhea

Section III: Viral Infections
8. Human Papillomavirus
9. Herpes Simplex Virus
10. HIV and AIDS
11. Hepatitis A
12. Hepatitis B
13. Hepatitis C
14. Molluscum Contagiosum

Section IV: Ectoparasitic Diseases
15. Scabies
16. Pediculosis Pubis
17. Trichomoniasis

Section V: Yeast
18. Candidiasis and Balanitis

Section VI: Spirochete
19. Syphilis

Section VII: Test Questions

Section VIII: Answer Key


Patricia Speck is an internationally recognized family nurse practitioner who specializes in public health and forensic nursing. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing and later completed her doctoral dissertation on sexual assault program evaluation. As a board certified family nurse practitioner, Patricia’s clinical practice focuses on the health aftermath of violence and her research centers on forensic nursing practice topics. She is a consultant, author, and lecturer on forensic nursing and has earned more than 20 local, national, and international awards and professional honors for her work. Patricia chairs the American Public Health Association’s Family Violence Forum and is a former president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

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Diana Faugno, a Minnesota native, graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1973 with a degree in nursing and obtained an MSN in 2006. Her professional experience includes nursing in the Medical/Surgical, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care departments. Ms. Faugno obtained her certification in pediatric nursing in 1990, began a career as a sexual assault nurse examiner in 1991, and became a certified sexual assault nurse examiner in 2002. She is the former director of Forensic Health Services, which includes a child abuse program, sexual assault team, and a family violence program in North San Diego County. Currently, Ms. Faugno is a board director for End Violence Against Women International. She has made several presentations to the scientific community and has led workshops on sexual assault presented at the American Academy of Science.

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Stacey A. Mitchell, DNP, MBA, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAN

Stacey Mitchell is a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University College of Nursing. Formerly, she served as the Administrative Director for Risk Management and Patient Safety and Forensic Nursing Services at Harris Health System in Houston, Texas. Dr. Mitchell is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing. In 2017, Dr. Mitchell was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is also a member and former president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Dr. Mitchell is a frequent invited speaker at both domestic and international nursing conferences and training seminars, and she is regularly called upon to provide expert testimony regarding forensic nursing, sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and trauma.

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Rachell A. Ekroos, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AFN-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAN

Rachell Ekroos (formerly Copeland), a board certified family nurse practitioner, specializes in forensic nursing and serves populations affected by violence. As a recognized expert in sexual violence across the lifespan, she has provided more than 1,500 medical forensic evaluations for patients and completed more than 5,000 peer reviews. In addition to her clinical practice, she provides case consultation and educational services for forensic and general health care providers, members of interdisciplinary response teams, task forces, and advisory committees. Through her service as a medical volunteer with an international organization, Rachell Ekroos provides medical evaluations for victims of torture seeking asylum in the United States.

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Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN

Melanie Gibbons Hallman is an assistant professor of graduate studies and co-coordinator of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Her career in prehospital and hospital emergency services spans more than 40 years, including serving as a nurse practitioner in emergency services and family practice settings since 1995. Dr. Hallman deeply appreciates the important foundation and timely guidance that quality evidence-based clinical references grant to informed advanced practice nursing provision and routinely contributes to these scholarly products.

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As a forensic nurse or first responder, we are the source that patients count on for answers. For this reason, we need powerful resources that are easy to use. Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment for Health Care Providers and First Responders delivers this in a big way—providing essential and plentiful detail in a naturally intuitive structure. This is the rare combination of breadth, depth, and simplicity. Breadth: covering both common and rare STIs and STDs; depth: providing definitions, pictures, and case examples; and simplicity: each chapter makes sense and provides the information you need, where you expect to find it.

Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to the field, this text provides evidence-based and current best practices including identification, modes of transmission, symptoms, and treatments of STIs or STDs. This book supports case reviews or serves as a quick reference during patient care. The user-friendly format delivers the information you need quickly and concisely. The value of a simple to use, accurate, and in-depth handbook like this cannot be overstated for the first responder. I recommend having this book readily available in all patient care scenarios.

Sarah Pederson, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Atlanta, Georgia

The Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment is a very detailed explanation of sexually transmitted infections. It not only discusses prevalence, epidemiology, assessment, and treatment, but it provides great case studies and provides the reader with the ability to self-evaluate their understanding of the diseases. The tables give you quick references to immunization schedules and illustrations assist the provider in identifying diseases. This is the type of treatise that is so beneficial to front line providers to assist them in medical diagnosis and treatment. This is a “must purchase” for nurses who are pursuing degrees as advanced practice providers.

Barbra A. Bachmeier, JD, MSN, APRN, NP-C, DF-AFN, FAEN
Advanced Practice Provider/Forensic Nurse
Indianapolis, Indiana

Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment is an exceptional guide, which offers health care professionals the opportunity to engage in a self-directed or group learning experience in the evaluation for sexually transmitted infections. The thoughtful range and breadth with which each chapter is written provides a comprehensive and detailed understanding of sexually transmitted infections. It affords readers the opportunity to assess case histories and identify treatment options with photographs for reference, demonstrating basic concepts as well as difficult issues. The evaluation exercises included enhance and strengthen abilities in sexually transmitted infection identification, treatment, and follow-up care. This book is an invaluable resource and clearly articulates the highest standards of care for professionals providing sexual health assessments and care to this population.

Sinead Maher, MSc, RM, RNP, RGN
CNS Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner
Sexual Assault Treatment Unit
Cork, Ireland

Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment provides health care professionals with the tools necessary to deliver appropriate care for patients who may have been exposed to, or are exhibiting symptoms of, STIs. It is an exceptional resource for any health care provider, from physicians to forensic nurses, who interact with patients across the lifespan. Novice and experienced providers will find this resource to be an invaluable addition to their medical library.

Beginning with clear and accurate definitions, diagrams, and labeled images, this text guides the learner through several STIs. Individualized case studies allow the learner to test their own knowledge of anatomical structures and work through case presentations from presentation to treatment. Each case study builds on the previous one and serves to provide a well-rounded description of many STIs. I highly recommend Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment for any health care professional who wishes to expand their knowledge-base.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University College of Nursing Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing

Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment presents a complex and challenging health care topic for the various levels of health care professionals. This workbook promotes a practical, self-directed approach to an ever-challenging problem in today’s society. The most common sexually transmitted infections are discussed through a variety of applicable learning activities. To refine and reinforce the content, anatomical reviews, case studies, special populations, treatment plans, and full color photographs are incorporated to enhance the reader’s knowledge. A collaborative, trauma-informed approach provides an approach to prevention, assessment, identification, and treatment.

Frankie Wallis, DNP, NP-C, NEA-BC, COI
University of Alabama Hospital - UAB
Senior Director of Nursing
Emergency & Trauma Services
Birmingham, Alabama

The Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment is a practical, clinically focused workbook designed to improve the diagnostic skills of health professionals at every level. This expertly authored text examines disease processes, contextual relevance, and clinical management for each topic using clear, concise delivery augmented by photographic exemplars and thoroughly supported with case studies. Whether used for reference or self-study, the authors’ wealth of knowledge cultivated over many decades of patient care experience and curated in this well-organized volume will benefit novice first responders and experienced health care providers alike.

Chelsea Hayman, BSN, RN, CEN
Doctor of Nursing Practice Student
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

This comprehensive guide on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is a must-have for all medical professionals and frontline health care workers. This guide is insightful and practical in the layout of the pathophysiology and treatment of STIs which allows information to be incorporated in forensic practice. The use of detailed case studies and laboratory information increase the learner’s knowledge about STIs. All health care workers need to access this guide to enhance their knowledge about infections to better manage the care of their patients. The authors use an excellent approach to capture the attention of its audience and brings to light a much-needed topic in the health care arena.

Beverly N. Brown, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Assessment is a beneficial educational exercise for clinicians providing care in a multitude of settings. The succinct and relevant review of pathophysiology, diagnostics, and management of STIs is enriched by case histories and application activities for the learner. The competency gained through completion of the educational exercises will empower care providers to address patient needs according to best practice guidelines.

Jessica Griffith Sparks, RN-BSN
Candidate for Doctor of Nursing Practice
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

This assessment is an excellent resource for forensic medical professionals to review sexually transmitted infections and diseases. The case studies and photographs allow the medical professional to understand the diagnosis and treatment plan. It is a great addition to any medical professionals’ library.

Elizabeth McCord, MSN, FNP-C, SANE-A
Operations Manager
Bridge Forensic Clinic
Pearl, Mississippi

This comprehensive workbook serves as an insightful guide for students and teachers everywhere. The authors’ vast knowledge is clearly visible and allows for this book to serve as a valuable resource. The special attention to detail in laboratory testing, treatments, and special considerations is key in diagnosis and treatment. The case studies provide a unique and realistic perspective into clinical practice and allow for updated information to be readily and easily available. This workbook is useful to all health care workers as a tool for educating others, as well as for self-education to be the best health care provider possible and promote patient safety.

Sameera A. Rajpari, BSN, RN
Candidate for Doctor of Nursing Practice
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

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