Recently the CDC updated its guidelines for treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).1 In last month's issue (CONSULTANT, June 2002, page 849), the recommendations for managing sexually transmitted bacterial diseases were discussed. Here the focus is on genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. In a future issue, sexually transmitted fungal and protozoan infections, as well as pediculosis pubis and scabies, will be addressed.
Highlights of the new guidelines for treating viral STDs, which are provided below, include:
• Renewed emphasis on counseling for patients with genital herpes and those with HPV infection.
• Improved type-specific serologic tests for HSV.
• Updated dosing recommendations and alternative regimens.
• Tips for follow-up.