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Sexually Transmitted Infections and Children: What the PNP Should Know

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      • Sexually Transmitted Infections and Children: What the PNP Should Know
        Journal of Pediatric Health CareVol. 31Issue 2
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          Sexual abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions in the United States. In their practice, pediatric nurse practitioners will likely encounter children who have experienced sexual abuse—both those who have and have not previously been identified as victims. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are rare in sexually abused children and adolescents. However, when present, they can be crucial to making the diagnosis of sexual abuse and protecting children. This continuing education article will assist the pediatric nurse practitioner in interpreting the relationship between STIs and sexual abuse, correctly testing for STIs, and treating STIs in children and adolescents.
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