The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has received increasing reports of disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI), a severe complication of untreated gonorrhea. This STD Expert Hour features Dr. Laura Quilter from CDC and Dr. Eric Tang from CDPH. They will discuss DGI epidemiology, clinical presentation, and management. In addition, they will review California's recent DGI investigation and what clinicians can do to help.
Describe the epidemiology of uncomplicated gonorrhea and DGI
Recognize the clinical manifestations of DGI and increase clinical suspicion for DGI in patients with joint pain
Demonstrate how to diagnose, manage, and treat DGI
Report all laboratory-confirmed and clinically-suspected cases of DGI to public health
Prioritize routine screening, testing, and treatment of STDs among high-risk patients
Who Should Attend ?
Family Practitioners, Primary Care Providers
ER Providers, Internists, Infectious Disease Specialists
Rheumatologists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Providers
Health Educators, Community Based Organization Staff
Local Health Department Staff
Meet Our Experts
LCDR Laura Quilter, MD, MPH
LCDR Laura Quilter, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist on theClinical Team within the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She joined CDC and the US Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer within the Division of STD Prevention in 2017. Prior to her arrival at CDC, LCDR Quilter completed her infectious diseases fellowship and received her Master of Public Health in Global Health at the University of Washington and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. LCDR Quilter’s interests have focused on public health and STD prevention with prior research experience involving extragenital gonococcal and chlamydial infections, neurosyphilis, and the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Eric Tang, MD, MPH
Eric Tang. MD, MPH is part of the clinical faculty at the California Prevention Training Center and is a Public Health Medical Officer for the STD Control Branch at the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Tang received his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and his Master of Public Health at the University of California - Berkeley. He is double-board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and completed his residency training at Kaiser San Francisco and University of California - San Francisco. He currently sees patients at City Clinic, the municipal STD clinic in San Francisco.
CME Disclosure: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the California Prevention Training Center. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1.25 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Nurses may receive continuing nursing education credit for this educational activity as the ANCC accepts AMA PRA Category Credits through its reciprocity agreement. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1.25 Credit(s)™.