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Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Abused Children and Adolescent and Adult Victims of Rape: Review of Selected Literature

Consuelo M. Beck-Sagué and Felicia Solomon

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 28, issue Supplement_1, pages S74-S83
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/514726
Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Abused Children and Adolescent and Adult Victims of Rape: Review of Selected Literature

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Sexual assault (define as sexual relations with another person obtained through physical force, threat, or intimidation) of children includes genital fondling, photographing, or viewing for sexual gratification exposure of the child to pornographic material or to adult sexual activity; and attempted or successful penetration of any of the child's orifices The purpose of this investigation was to review the medical literature published since 1988 that reported on the prevalence of particular sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in populations of sexually assaulted adults and adolescents and sexually abused children, as well as the prevalence of sexual abuse among children who present with an STD. These data will be helpful for managing cases of sexual assault involving children, adolescents, or adults; estimating the risk of abuse among children with specifi STDs; and identifying research priorities in this area.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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