How Common are Sexually Transmitted Co-infections among Youth with HIV and AIDS?

Statement of Problem

Rates of new HIV infections are increasing among adolescents and young adults. Co-infections with other sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus) cause health issues by themselves and can actually increase transmission of HIV. There are few studies that describe the prevalence and correlates of STI co-infections among HIV+ youth.

Description

This project aims to understand how and why adolescents with HIV continue to acquire other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The study includes HIV+ youth ages 12-26 years at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Adolescent Initiative Clinic and Family Care Center and follows these youth from the time they are diagnosed through the duration of their care by reviewing medical records during a nine-year period. We’re seeking to understand the prevalence and patterns of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis infection and examining how different risk and protective behaviors may be associated with the likelihood of STI co-infection among these youth.

Through our solutions-oriented research, we hope to inform practice changes such as the development of treatment and prevention guidelines and interventions within our institution. We will also share these results at national meetings with the intent of developing broader program and policy guidelines for STI identification and treatment among adolescent health care providers so that adolescents around the country can grow into healthy, productive adults.

Next Steps

These results will inform the development of treatment and prevention guidelines and interventions within the institution and will be shared at national meetings with the intent of developing broader guidelines for STI identification and treatment among adolescent healthcare providers nationally.

Suggested Citation

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PolicyLab. How Common are Sexually Transmitted Co-infections among Youth with HIV and AIDS? [Online] Available at: http://www.policylab.chop.edu [Accessed: plug in date accessed here].