Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Medical Follow-up for Victimized and High-Risk Youth.
R I Med J (2013)
Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) has become an increasingly recognized issue associated with both immediate and long-term physical and mental health consequences. Guidelines have focused on potential risk factors, recruitment practices, and health consequences for these youth assisting in identification and intervention efforts. However, recommendations have not been established for continuous medical intervention and follow-up for this vulnerable patient population that includes both patients involved in and at high risk for DMST. Our goal is to highlight preliminary recommendations for and the importance of medical visits for these youth. A comprehensive physical examination, STI testing and treatment, and pregnancy prevention options are important to address the patients' concerns for their body and identify acute and chronic injuries. Further, collaborating with other medical and non-medical providers can provide essential resources for the multifaceted needs of DMST patients.
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School of Medicine
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