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Sexually Transmitted Infections, Behavioral Counseling, 2014

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Recommendations: Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Prevent Sexually Transmitted

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling -- Sexually Active Adolescents and Adults
    Grade: B
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF recommends intensive behavioral counseling for all sexually active adolescents and for adults who are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    Frequency of Service:

    No Frequency of Service information currently available.

    Risk Factor Information:

    All sexually active adolescents are at increased risk for STIs and should be counseled. Other risk groups that have been included in counseling studies include adults with current STIs or other infections within the past year, adults who have multiple sex partners, and adults who do not consistently use condoms.

    Clinicians should be aware of populations with a particularly high prevalence of STIs. African Americans have the highest STI prevalence of any racial/ethnic group, and STI prevalence is higher in American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Latinos than in white persons. Increased STI prevalence rates are also found in men who have sex with men (MSM), persons with low incomes living in urban settings, current or former inmates, military recruits, persons who exchange sex for money or drugs, persons with mental illness or a disability, current or former intravenous drug users, persons with a history of sexual abuse, and patients at public STI clinics.

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