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STI case management at a South African teaching hospital
  1. C S Harries1,
  2. J Botha1,
  3. M L McFadyen2,
  4. A Harrison3
  1. 1Department of Pharmacology, Nelson R Mandela, School of Medicine, University of Natal, Private Bag, X7, Congella, 4013, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  2. 2Clinical Sciences, Pfizer Global Research and Development, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NJ, UK
  3. 3South African Medical Research Council HIV, Prevention Research Unit, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to:
 Katy Harries
 Department of Pharmacology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal, Private Bag X7, Congella, 4013, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;

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In South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is at the centre of the HIV epidemic and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are endemic in this province.1 Improving the quality of STI health care causes a cost effective reduction in HIV prevalence and STI incidence.2 Despite the introduction of national standard treatment guidelines (STGs), based on the syndromic management approach (where antibiotics are prescribed according to algorithms and non-medicinal aspects of care are emphasised), poor case management has been found in rural KZN clinics.3 This study determined the quality of care received by STI patients at King Edward VIII Hospital (KEH), …

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