STDs on the rise and routine screens can help stop the spread and protect your child:
We would like to inform you of a new screening process that is taking place in our office at Lantana Pediatrics in compliance with the latest recommendations from the CDC, USTF, and the AAP. I can only hope that other pediatric and family care offices are caring for adolescent females 16 years of age and older (especially high risk 16-25 years).
We are always working to improve the quality of care that we provide to our patients. The newest measure for improving quality of care for our patients is implementing this recommended screening for chlamydia in all females 16+ years of age (younger if high risk). This recommendation comes from the United States Preventive Services Task Force due to an astounding increase in chlamydia infections and subsequent complications if it goes undetected and untreated.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease and rarely manifests any symptoms in females. If it goes untreated, it can lead to serious pelvic infections including abscesses, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ultimately infertility. STD cases are on the rise in astounding numbers despite reports of less sexually active teens and young adults compared to previous generations.
The screening is performed with a simple urine sample sent at the time of your visit. If your screen is positive, you will be contacted immediately. An antibiotic will be prescribed to adequately treat the infection in hopes to prevent long term complications.
It is recommended that any sexual partners be notified so that they may also be treated. All positive results will be reported to the Health Department, as it is a reported disease that is being tracked closely for a successful decrease in infections that go untreated.
Other general recommendations and good practices for those younger than 25 years include the following screenings:
• C. trachomatis genital infection, annually
• N. gonorrhoeae genital infection, annually
• HIV screening, one time (or with greater frequency for those at high risk of infection)
Following these recommendations is one of the best ways to protect your teen and young adult from future complications. We at Lantana Pediatrics have implemented this screening to care for our patients in the most comprehensive way as their primary care doctor. Please inquire about screening as it can significantly impact your child’s future.