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Pelvic Inflammation Puts Girls at Risk For More Infections

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Teenage girls treated for pelvic inflammatory disease become highly vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections sometimes just weeks or months after treatment according to researchers,

The results of a study done at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center are published in the November 2008 issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The four-year study included 80 inner city girls from Baltimore, ages 15 to 21 who were diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and returned for follow-up. Of those girls, 34 percent were diagnosed with at least one sexually transmitted infection (STI) over a six-month period.

Researchers say their findings suggest that treating PID “with prescription and a brochure” isn’t enough to change behavior and prevent future repeat infections.

“Because our findings show PID is not a single isolated incident, doctors should look for ways to change behaviors in girls and not just treat the acute clinical episode. We are talking counseling, we are talking strict follow-up, and, most importantly, we need to develop new strategies that actually work,” lead investigator Dr. Maria Trent, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, said in a Hopkins news release.

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