Pediatrics

Contraceptive Needs of Adolescents with Chronic Illness




Sexual health and wellness are an integral component to the care of adolescents, including those who suffer from chronic illness. Between 16% and 25% of adolescents have special health care needs, and many of them are sexually active.1 Many studies have shown that chronically ill adolescents engage in sexual activity at rates equal to or greater than their healthy counterparts.2,3 Despite having more interactions with health care providers than their healthy peers, discussion of sexuality and contraception are often overlooked in medically complex patients.4–6 Primary care providers are

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