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, 8 (5), 442-8

Primary Care Management of Adolescent Sexual Behavior

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Primary Care Management of Adolescent Sexual Behavior

J M Ellen et al. Curr Opin Pediatr.

Abstract

Adolescents continue to engage in sexual behaviors that place them at risk for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, and pregnancy. Recent advances in the prevention and management of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy may eventually lead to fewer negative consequences associated with adolescent sexual behavior. This paper discusses scientific and technologic advances in the management of adolescent sexual behavior such as the use of DNA amplification tests to detect genital chlamydial infection and the new female-controlled contraceptives.

PIP: Adolescents engage in sexual behavior which places them at risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and pregnancy. Recent advances in the prevention and management of STDs and pregnancy may eventually lead to fewer negative consequences associated with adolescent sexual behavior. The authors discuss scientific and technologic advances in managing adolescent sexual behavior such as the use of DNA amplification tests to detect genital chlamydial infection and female-controlled contraceptives. Sections are on sexual behaviors which place adolescents at risk for STDs, HIV, and pregnancy; the prevalence of STDs; the prevalence of pregnancy among adolescents; screening and guidance for sexual behaviors; screening for bacterial STDs; screening for HIV infection; and preventing pregnancy with levonorgestrel implants, depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate, third-generation oral contraceptives, the female condom, and postcoital contraception.

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