Victims Of Child Maltreatment Have Increased Risk For STDs

February 15, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Researchers have found evidence that child physical and sexual abuse of children increases their risk of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) later in life.

Researchers examined the associations between the experience of abuse in childhood and the risk in adulthood of having sexually transmitted diseases. They did this by matching children ages 0 to 11 years, who were victims of child abuse or neglect from 1967 to 1971, with a control group of children who had not been maltreated; both groups were then tracked into adulthood. Medical status examinations were performed when the 754 participants were approximately 41 years old to gather information about lifetime history of sexually transmitted diseases. They discovered that both childhood sexual abuse and childhood physical abuse increased the risk for having more than one type of sexually transmitted disease. In addition, sexual abuse increased risk for more any type of sexually transmitted disease.

“Our findings contribute to a growing body of literature that recognizes child abuse as a risk factor for later health consequences and indicate that gender and race differences should be considered in these relationships,” the study’s authors claim.


“Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Abused and Neglected Children Grown Up: A 30-Year Prospective Study”

Helen W. Wilson, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, I.L. USA.

American Journal of Public Health



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