Abstract



THE FIGHT AGAINST STI CAN NOT STOP IN COVID-19 ERA: BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE ON ONLINE TRAINING FOR STI GUIDELINES

1- Pâmela Cristina Gaspar – pamela.gaspar@aids.gov.br 

2- Angélica Espinosa Barbosa Miranda– angelica.miranda@aids.gov.br 

3- Adriano Santiago Dias dos Santos- adriano.santos@aids.gov.br 

4- Gerson Fernando Mendes Pereira – gerson.pereira@aids.gov.br  

1- Department of Diseases of Chronic Condition and Sexually Transmitted Infections/ Secretariat of Health Surveillance/Ministry of Health

2- Department of Diseases of Chronic Condition and Sexually Transmitted Infections/ Secretariat of Health Surveillance/Ministry of Health

3- Department of Diseases of Chronic Condition and Sexually Transmitted Infections/ Secretariat of Health Surveillance/Ministry of Health

4- Department of Diseases of Chronic Condition and Sexually Transmitted Infections/ Secretariat of Health Surveillance/Ministry of Health

Objectives

The face-to-face workshops for training health care professionals and managers on the Brazilian guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) scheduled for 2020 were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report presents the Brazilian experience on online guidelines training, aiming to guarantee the continuity of activities to fight against STI in Brazil.

Methods

The online training was carried out through webinars, in partnership with the Brazilian Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (SBDST), Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and Ministry of Health (MoH). Each chapter of the STI guidelines was converted into a webinar, with the participation of at least three experts, being two speakers and one moderator. The webinars happened every Wednesday at 4p.m., with approximately an hour and a half of duration. During the webinars it was possible to make questions through an online formulary. All webinars were recorded and are available to watch any time on the pages of SBDST, PAHO, MoH.

Results  

In total, 16 webinars were presented, addressing topics including general information about STI, public policies, sexual assault, and patient-centered care. More than 30 thousand accesses were totaled, with a mean of two thousand per webinar. The access also came from 10 other countries. Around 600 questions were received and some of them was answered during the webinars. In the partners’ pages, it is possible to download a document with answers to all questions. In addition, a free distance learning course is being developed based on the recorded webinars in partnership with Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, SBDST, PAHO and MoH.

Conclusion

This experience showed that health professionals remained interested in STI topic even during the COVID-19 pandemic, given the high number of access and questions received. The number of people reached was considerably higher than was expected in the face-to-face training. The interaction with the speakers promoted discussions of clinical cases routinely experienced and favored a better assimilation of the content. Finally, it is possible to conclude the high importance of innovating to face the difficulties and to continue making positive progress in the fight against STI. Digital technologies can be used as effective tools for STI training.


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34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
TAMING THE TIDE of STIs & HIV
Bucharest, September 3-5,