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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2017 Apr;64(2):389-411. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2016.11.008. Epub 2017 Feb 13.

Adolescent Sexuality: Updates to the Sexually Transmitted Infection Guidelines.

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Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology, UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655, USA; Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 305 South Street Stables Fl 2, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, USA. Electronic address:
Division of Adolescent Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 131 Biomedical Education Building, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA; Erie County Department of Health, 95 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA; New York City STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, 125 Worth St, New York, NY 10013, USA.


Adolescents are at high risk for acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STI) secondary to both cognitive and biological susceptibility. The prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of STIs are a critical part of adolescent health care. This article discusses the most common bacterial, parasitic, and viral STIs encountered in this age group with an emphasis on new guidelines for screening and management.


Adolescents; Prevention; Risk behaviors; Screening; Sexual health; Sexually transmitted diseases; Sexually transmitted infections

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