Child or Vulnerable Adult With Symptoms of an STI

Any child or vulnerable adult with STI symptoms needs to be evaluated by a health professional to determine the cause and to assess for possible 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 can't 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 elder abuse, report it.
  • If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence , seek help.
  • If you have trouble controlling your anger with a child in your care, resources are available for help .

It is important to have symptoms of sexual abuse evaluated by a health professional.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

Current as ofMay 22, 2015