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Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescent Women

TARR, MEGAN E. MD; GILLIAM, MELISSA L. MD, MPH

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - p 306-318
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d7386
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Adolescent women possess physiologic and, frequently, behavioral characteristics that place them at an increased risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections. Diagnosis and prompt treatment of sexually transmitted infections is of paramount importance for an adolescent's future fertility and prevention of transmission to future partners. Diagnosis and treatment is often hindered by lack of symptoms, concern for screening and treatment confidentiality, and lack of knowledge about community medical resources.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Family Planning, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Correspondence: Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 2050, Chicago, IL. E-mail: mgilliam@babies.bsd.uchicago.edu

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.