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Sexual history and examination 

Sexual history and examination
Sexual history and examination

Jackie Sherrard

and Graz A. Luzzi


May 30, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 17 September 2021

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, especially in young people, and it is important that doctors recognize both the need to obtain a sexual history and when to perform genital examination. STIs can present with generalized or extragenital symptoms whose significance may be missed. This chapter gives advice on how to take a sexual history and perform genital examination in both sexes. It also summarizes the common symptoms and syndromes associated with STIs and their causative pathogens, cross-referring to other chapters in the textbook....

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