Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
NAVES, Janeth de Oliveira Silva; MERCHAN-HAMANN, Edgar and SILVER, Lynn Dee. STD management in community pharmacies: an organizing proposal . Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.4, pp. 1005-1014. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232005000400023.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are a major public health issue. According to estimates of the WHO, 70% of those infected by STDs in Brazil do not seek treatment in health units due to the reduced notification of cases. Community pharmacies around the world are an important site where people seek primary health services. In addition, there are a great number of pharmacists, making them the most accessible health care professional for the general public. Difficult access to health services, lack of guidance in the rational use of drugs, and self-medication are a reality in Brazil. On one hand a great majority of the population does not have access to essential drugs, while on the other there is an irrational and abusive use of drugs by those who have the financial means. Pharmacies, therefore, should be viewed as establishments were partnerships could be made to better promote and disseminate information related to prevention and educational campaigns on diseases such as STD. Thus, systematization of pharmaceutical guidance for STD is suggested in an attempt to provide better services for those possibly infected and who seek a solution in pharmacies, as well as to interrupt the spread of these diseases.
Keywords : Pharmaceutical care; Community pharmacy; Sexually transmitted diseases; Pharmaceutical services; Pharmacists; Education.