To address current issues in the diagnosis and management of the more common sexually transmitted diseases (STDsJ that are seen in the pediatric, adolescent, and young adult population groups, and to present data on their etiology, pathophysiology, and 1990s laboratory diagnoses. Syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and human papillomavirus are each discussed in separate articles with special emphasis on identification, association with childhood sexual abuse, and individual practical treatment strategies.
HOWTO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physicians Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pretest below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations state that all women be screened serologically for syphilis in early pregnancy.
2. Approximately 1 0% of neonates with local gonococcal infections from Neisseria gonorrhoeae will develop systemic infections with this organism.
3. The most prevalent sexually transmitted infection in the United States today is:
4. The most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) found in abused children in the United States is:
Answers to the Pretest:
1.A. 2.B 3.C 4.B