Carmen Lisboa

Microbiology Division, Pathology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto

Dermatology and Venereology Department, Centro Hospitalar S.João, E.P.E., Porto

The IUSTI-guidelines were developed and updated by a group of experts in the field of STIs. They  act as a source of knowledge, expertise and assistance for clinicians. These guidelines are used as the basis for specific recommendations tailored to the country. The impact of the IUSTI guidelines/European on assisting physicians and other health-care providers has increased over the last decade in Portugal (previously, CDC guidelines were the reference IST guidelines). The group for study and research on STIs (GEIDST) is a branch of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology and it has been an important medical group in promoting country-level actions for stronger and more effective response to STIs. It has been working in implementing IUSTI/European guidelines at national and regional level.  Concerning education, this group organizes STI courses/ meetings/ conferences, every year, aimed at different medical specialties (Dermatology and Venereology, Infectious Diseases, Family Physicians, Urology, Public Health).  There is an increasing number of research work and published papers on ISTs reflecting more interest on the subject. Additionally, a Task Force in the field of STIs has been officially approved last year. This Task Force intended to define the national STI strategy and to develop a plan for prevention and control of STIs. Evidence-based recommendations on screening and prevention of STIs, Management and Treatment of STIs were reviewed in the context of national epidemiology and the health system.  Specific measures to ensure effective implementation of the recommendations will be discussed. 

34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
Bucharest, September 3-5,