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National Guideline on the Management of suspected Sexually Transmitted Infections in Children and Young People

Author(s)BASHH; Clinical Effectiveness Group (Association of Genitourinary Medicine and the Medical
Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases)
AbstractThe Children Act 1989 defines a child as ‘a person who has not yet reached 18 years of age’. In England and Wales the present age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16 years. The proportion of young people who are sexually active before the age of 16 years is increasing. Although children under 16 years may be involved in consensual sexual activity other issues need to be considered.

In these guidelines, children under the age of 18 years will be referred to as ‘young people.’ The guidelines are primarily directed at the management and care of young people under the age of 16 years but those aged 16-18 will require the same consideration of the factors listed above. The guideline considers risk of infection; the significance of infection; medical responsibilities; consent for medical treatment; confidentiality and child protection issues; young people involved in commercial sex work; management of young people presenting to GU medicine; sexual abuse/sexual assault; screening/management schedule; management of specific STI's; auditable outcome measures.
Date of publishing08/05/2002
Date of last review by us08/16/2007
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