About Teens

The following was posted on http://nnlm.gov/bhic/

The Pediatrician’s Role In Preventing HIV Infection
Pediatricians can play a key role in preventing and identifying human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection by promoting risk-reduction counseling and offering routine testing to adolescent and young adult patients, according to a new AAP policy statement… Despite great progress in treatment and continued efforts to screen targeted populations, more than 1 million Americans were living with HIV in 2006, including 55,320 adolescents and young adults. http://bit.ly/vrKnul [AAP]

Teens With a Deployed Parent May Be More Prone to Violence
Teens who have at least one parent deployed with the military may be more likely to fight, carry a weapon and join a gang, according to a U.S. study. http://1.usa.gov/s01s9V [MedlinePlus]

AAP Recommends Substance Abuse Screening as Part of Routine Adolescent Care
A new AAP policy statement recommends that pediatricians provide substance abuse education and screening to adolescents during routine clinical care, incorporating the universal Screening for Substance Use, Brief Intervention and/or Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) guidelines, designed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. http://bit.ly/vrKnul  [AAP]

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