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In This Issue of JAMA Pediatrics
May 2016


JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(5):407. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2522

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) offers an unprecedented opportunity to reduce unintended pregnancies among adolescents. Steiner and colleagues use the 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey to examine concomitant condom use among sexually active female LARC users. Users of LARC were 60% less likely to use condoms compared with oral contraceptive users, increasing their risk for sexually transmitted infections. The accompanying editorial by Potter and Soren discusses the need to craft a clear message for adolescents about both pregnancy prevention and sexually transmitted infection prevention.


Many children and youth in the world find themselves spending a portion or most of their time on the streets. Embleton and colleagues compile data from 49 studies to determine the reasons why children and youth become street-involved. Poverty, family conflict, and abuse were the most commonly reported reasons for street involvement. In their editorial, Auerswald and Goldblatt discuss this study in light of the stigmatizing beliefs about street-connected children.