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April 19, 2021

Protecting Adolescents During a Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Shortage: An Additional Challenge During a Global Pandemic

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  • 1Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus
JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(7):667-668. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0287

In 2019, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 reported the highest recorded rates of chlamydial, gonococcal, and syphilis infections. Young women aged 15 to 24 years had the highest rates of chlamydia; similarly, gonorrhea rates were highest among adolescents, particularly female individuals and male individuals with male sex partners. Most individuals with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are asymptomatic.

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