Detecting, preventing, and treating sexually transmitted diseases among adolescent arrestees: An unmet public health need

Steven Belenko, Richard Dembo, Matthew Rollie, Kristina Childs, Christopher Salvatore

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Abstract

Studies of detained and incarcerated adolescent offenders in the United States indicate that these juveniles have an elevated risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). However, many more arrestees enter the "front end" of the juvenile justice system than are detained or incarcerated, and research into the STD risk profiles and service needs of this larger group is lacking. An expansion of STD testing (including of asymptomatic youths), prevention, and treatment is needed, as is improved knowledge about gender- and race-specific services. A pilot program in Florida has shown that juvenile justice and public health systems can collaborate to implement STD testing among new arrestees. With integrated linkages to treatment and prevention after release, this model could greatly reduce the STD burden in this underserved, high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1032-1041
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume99
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009

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