Child or Vulnerable Adult With Symptoms of an STI
Any child or Reference vulnerable adult Opens New Window with Reference STI symptoms Opens New Window needs to be evaluated by a health professional to determine the cause and to assess for possible Reference abuse. STI symptoms are not normal in children and are worrisome in vulnerable adults because they may be caused by sexual injury and abuse if:
- Symptoms cannot be explained or they do not match the explanation.
- Repeated symptoms occur.
- Explanations change for how the symptoms are caused.
You may be able to prevent further abuse by reporting it.
- If you suspect child abuse, call your local child or adult protective agency, police, or a health professional (such as a doctor, nurse, or counselor). The National Child Abuse Hotline and Referral Service is available at 1-800-422-4453.
- If you suspect Reference elder abuse, report it.
- If you or someone you know is a Reference victim of domestic violence, seek help.
- If you have trouble controlling your anger with a child in your care, Reference resources are available for help.
It is important to have symptoms of sexual abuse evaluated by a health professional.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 8, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine