New Guidance for Caring for Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims Published — Physician’s First Watch

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February 27, 2017

New Guidance for Caring for Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims Published

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers new guidance for clinicians on treating adolescents who've been sexually abused.

In Pediatrics, the group recommends the following:

  • Clinicians should routinely ask all adolescent patients about their history of sexual violence, dating violence, and sexual assault. Those who screen positive should be asked about commercial sexual exploitation.

  • In cases of sexual assault, clinicians should document substance use related to the event.

  • Clinicians should follow CDC guidelines for caring for a sexual assault survivor, screening for sexually transmitted infections, post-exposure prophylaxis, treatment, and follow-up care.

  • Adolescent girls who report being assaulted in the past 120 hours should be offered emergency contraception. A pregnancy test should be conducted 2 weeks after the assault.

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