GETTING A TRUE PICTURE OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS WOULD BE EASIER IF WE SIMPLY SCREENED EVERYONE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Sexually transmitted infections or STIs occur in about one in four adolescents, yet only about 10% admit they’re having sex, a recent study in the journal Pediatrics found. This is especially troublesome because many of these infections don’t have symptoms, so adolescents don’t know they have them. Charlotte Gaydos, an STI researcher at Johns Hopkins, says if screening was a standard practice in all pediatrics practices, the situation would improve dramatically, and she doesn’t think parents will object.
GAYDOS: Parents after all are concerned about the health of their individual. They will be shocked to know the child might be sexually active but on the other hand if everyone had screening and it became normalized then the doctor would say we don’t know if your child is sexually active or not so we just screen everyone at the recommendation of public health officials. That might actually make it a little easier. :25
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.