Visby Medical ™ handheld STI testing device gets approvalSeptember 8th 2021
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued 501(k) clearance for Visby Medical’s Sexual Health Click Test, a single-use, instrument-free polymerase chain reaction diagnostic test for sexually transmitted infections.
CDC updates guidelines for diagnosing and treating STIsAugust 10th 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), notably for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Small but meaningful link between teen oral contraceptives and future depressionAugust 2nd 2021
Adolescent oral contraceptive use is associated with a small yet meaningful increased risk of experiencing an episode of major depressive disorder (MDD) in early adulthood, especially among women with no history of MDD in adolescence.
CDC STI treatment guideline updatesMay 5th 2021
A session of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2021 annual meeting pointed to the dramatic increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and presented highlights from the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STI guidelines.
Parents and health care providers need to cheerlead the HPV vaccine for their teensAugust 3rd 2020
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is the key to a major public health victory, but the vaccine coverage has been less than effective. A report offers some answer to how parental intent has made an impact.
Using an improvement program to improve Chlamydia trachomatis testingJuly 8th 2020
Clinicians may still use urine nucleic-acid amplification tests, despite the recommendation to use a more sensitive vaginal swab to test for Chlamydia trachomatis. A report looks at whether a quality improvement program could change that.
$123 million spent annually on unneeded pelvic exams for teensFebruary 4th 2020
It’s a source of worry and a potential reason for adolescent girls to forego needed gynecologic care: the pelvic exam. A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine looked at just how many unnecessary exams are performed on teenagers and young women who don’t need them.
Why pediatricians are the first line of care for transgender and non-conforming children and teensOctober 28th 2019
Whereas hormone prescribing for transgender or gender diverse children and teenagers may be a specialty, primary care pediatricians are often the first-line provider families turn to for support and guidance.
Riddle me this: Irregular menses in adolescent girlsNovember 20th 2018
Your innate sense of empathy makes you a born counselor and a source of caring, concern, and essential guidance for your adolescent patients. Does your clinical IQ always keep pace with your emotional intelligence when it comes to menstruation issues?
Sexually Transmitted Diseases:A Photo QuizJuly 1st 2006
Fourteen-year-old JT is worried. During health class last week, he learned about the different sexually transmitted infections as well as about testicular self-examination. While practicing his monthly testicular examination in the shower, he noticed that he had a number of small growths on his penis. On further questioning, JT insists that he has never been sexually active with another person.