Sexually Transmitted Infections and Children: What the PNP Should Know

Sexual abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions in the United States. In their practice, pediatric nurse practitioners will likely encounter children who have experienced sexual abuse—both those who have and have not previously been identified as victims. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are rare in sexually abused children and adolescents. However, when present, they can be crucial to making the diagnosis of sexual abuse and protecting children. This continuing education article will assist the pediatric nurse practitioner in interpreting the relationship between STIs and sexual abuse, correctly testing for STIs, and treating STIs in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Health Care. (2017) 31, 222-229.
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This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post test will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hours.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

1. The learner will be able to order the most sensitive and specific laboratory tests for sexually transmitted infections in children and adolescents.
2. The learner will understand when testing for sexually transmitted infections is indicated.
3. The learner will understand the relationship between specific sexually transmitted infections and child sexual abuse/assault.

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Gail Hornor, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Family Safety and Healing, Columbus, OH.


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Gail Hornor, DNP, CPNP, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Family Safety and Healing, 655 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43205; e-mail:

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