SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
Panda Pediatrics is committed to providing your child with screening tests and disease prevention (including vaccinations) as recommended by the Bright Futures initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Although sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect individuals of all ages, STIs are particularly prevalent among young people. Only 25% of the sexually active population is under 24 years of age, but this group carries over 50% of the STI’s. Screening is necessary because these illnesses remain asymptomatic for years, allowing for easy transmission from person to person. When they finally do show symptoms, they can cause everything from infertility to death.
Annual urine chlamydia and gonorrhea screening is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for all adolescents starting at 13 years of age. HIV testing occurs one time for everyone by the time they are 18 years of age.
Due to adolescent confidentiality and because intercourse is not the only way these are spread, we have to check all teens, not just those who report sexual activity. These tests may be ordered more often based on individual risk factors.