Sexual and reproductive health care services in the pediatric setting

Arik V Marcell, Gale R. Burstein

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Pediatricians are an important source of health care for adolescents and young adults and can play a significant role in addressing their patients' sexual and reproductive health needs, including preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and promoting healthy relationships. STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy are all preventable health outcomes with potentially serious permanent sequelae; the highest rates of STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy are reported among adolescents and young adults. Office visits present opportunities to provide comprehensive education and health care services to adolescents and young adults to prevent STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancies. The American Academy of Pediatrics, other professional medical organizations, and the government have guidelines and recommendations regarding the provision of sexual and reproductive health information and services. However, despite these recommendations, recent studies have revealed that there is substantial room for improvement in actually delivering the recommended services. The purpose of this clinical report is to assist pediatricians to operationalize the provision of various aspects of sexual and reproductive health care into their practices and to provide guidance on overcoming barriers to providing this care routinely while maximizing opportunities for confidential health services delivery in their offices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20172858
JournalPediatrics
Volume140
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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Reproductive Health Services
Reproductive Health
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Pediatrics
Delivery of Health Care
HIV
Young Adult
Pregnancy
Health Services
Comprehensive Health Care
Office Visits
Information Services
Guidelines
Education
Health

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Sexual and reproductive health care services in the pediatric setting. / Marcell, Arik V; Burstein, Gale R.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 140, No. 5, e20172858, 01.11.2017.

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