The control of sexually transmitted infections is an important public health problem in South Africa. These diseases are common and constitute an important preventable cause of morbidity, particularly in disadvantaged groups. In addition, sexually transmitted infections significantly enhance the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The South African Department of Health has outlined a national strategy for controlling the epidemic which prioritizes the effective management of patients with sexually transmitted infections, using a syndromic approach (Department of Health, 1997).
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