​APHL, in partnership with the CDC, has developed a series of free, interactive modules to promote competent, high quality laboratory diagnostics based on the latest testing technology and research. These short modules serve as an excellent introduction to STD diagnostics as well as a refresher for seasoned laboratorians. This set of training modules was fully updated in 2020-2021 to include current best practices, information and recommendations.

Each module is complemented by references and resources for additional learning opportunities. The modules and associated resources are useful tools for anyone interested in learning more about STD testing​​​. Please see below for a list of available modules and descriptions.

Access the Training Modules

The modules are now available in APHL's Training Portal (follow instructions below). 

Access the APHL Training Portal

To access the APHL Training Portal for the first time:

  1. Navigate to the APHL Training Portal.
  2. Select Login, then Create an Account.

Once you have a Training Portal account: 

  1. Navigate to the Catalog to view all available courses.
  2. Enroll in the "Etest®: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing for Neisseria gonorrhoeae" and/or "Overview of Syphilis Diagnostics" Curriculum.

APHL members (all public health laboratory staff) should have received a coupon code for free access. Please contact phl.training@aphl.org with questions or for more information.

Inside the STD Training Modules

Neisseria gonorrhoe​​ae

​​Etest®: Antimicrobi​​al Susceptibility Testing for Neisseria gonorrhoeae
This module provides an overview of the basics of the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhea, presents a summary of antimicrobial susceptibility testing for N. gonorrhoeae and describes clear instructions for proper setup and interpretation of Etest® for N. gonorrhoeae. 

For the most up-to-date information on treatment of N. gonorrhoeae, please review the update to CDC's Treatment Guidelines for Gonococcal Infection, 2020 and the 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines.

​​​​Overview of Syphilis Diagnostics

History and B​ackground
This module presents an overview of syphilis, the history of syphilis, basic epidemiology, disease burdens and diagnostic challenges.

Serology and Algorithms
This module provides an overview of nontreponemal and treponemal tests and testing algorithms as well as their strengths and challenges.

Serology Case Studies
This module presents four self-paced interactive case studies for the user to work through.