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Over the last decade, we have seen young people living in an increasingly sexualised society. There has been a growing recognition of behaviours that identify a young person at risk of child sexual abuse (CSA) or exploitation (CSE), emerging evidence indicating that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in under-16 year olds are a marker of CSE,1 and successful prosecution of high profile CSE cases. These factors, alongside new legislation and policies, have necessitated an update to the UK National Guideline on the Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Related Conditions in Children and Young People (2010).
The epidemiology of STIs in young people in the UK is discussed in the Epidemiology section of the guideline. Importantly, rates of STIs continue to be high in 16–19 year olds, with the most …
Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti
Contributors SFl wrote the article. SF and DW both reviewed all drafts and suggested changes. SF and DW were also on the guideline writing group.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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