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Universal Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections among Asymptomatic Adolescents in an Urban Emergency Department: High Acceptance but Low Prevalence of Infection

01 Feb 2016

Adolescents and young adults (AYA) have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) but less than half who are eligible for STI screening are screened. This is in part due to non-adherence to STI screening guidelines in primary care and because many AYA do not access primary care services, and rather, rely on the emergency department (ED) for health care access. Therefore, the ED may be a strategic setting for the provision of sexual health services. Screening studies of asymptomatic patients are needed to determine unmet need for STI screening in ED settings.

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