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March 2018

I Thought You Said This Was Confidential?—Challenges to Protecting Privacy for Teens and Young Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(3):209-210. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3927

A 19-year-old woman taking immunomodulatory therapy presents to her primary care physician for a routine physical examination. She receives a diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis during screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and returns to the clinic for directly observed treatment with azithromycin. She later calls the practice to express dismay that her parents questioned her about her sexual activity after they received an explanation of benefits for services rendered.

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