Posted: February 16, 2016

Assessing Sexually Transmitted Infection Symptoms


In this vignette a patient comes to a clinic with the concern that she may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection. Prior to engaging in the physical exam, the clinician asks questions to gather information on the patient's symptoms, sexual behaviors, and counsels the patient on methods to safely engage in sexual practices. This vignette is part of a clinical vignette series highlighting various aspects of the health of LGBT and gender nonconforming populations and is designed to give learners the opportunity to analyze clinician-patient communication strategies. The series can be used in a variety of ways from independent learning to small group learning to large group learning. Each clip is generally 3-5 minutes long with discussion questions and additional resources listed at the end of each scenario. In an ideal setting the learner would be able to practice the communication strategies identified after viewing the vignettes. Actors: Clinician - Henry Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Katie (Patient) - Katja Tetzlaff, MS, Medical Illustrator, Department of Biomedical Visualization, University of Illinois College of Medicine.


LGBT, Health Promotion, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Non-Conforming, Clinician-Patient Communication


Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, RN, CSE, Morehouse School of Medicine