Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Sexual Conditions Health Center

Font Size

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 ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedNovember 16, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 16, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Today on WebMD

Sex Drive Killers 03
Slideshow
couple holding hands
Quiz
 
Couple in bed
Article
Condom Quiz
Quiz
 

HIV Myth Facts
Slideshow
STD Overview
Slideshow
 
exercise
Video
things your guy wish you knew slideshow
Slideshow
 

Thoughtful man sitting on bed
Quiz
Girls Puberty 10
Quiz
 
Couple in bed
Article
Young couple holding hands
Quiz
 

WebMD Special Sections