Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Pediatric Research and Clinical Trials

Research & Innovation

Handheld computers are providing new insights into adolescents' sexual behavior. Children's researcher Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, and colleagues closely tracked 67 sexually active youth, aged 15 to 21, paging them at random four to six times a day with a series of questions about their sexual activity and emotional state. The upshot? Most adolescents feel better after sex—a finding that may not be surprising, but will help health professionals craft more effective safer-sex messages.

HIV treatment and tuberculosis treatment
When it comes to treating HIV patients co-infected with tuberculosis (TB), the sooner the treatment, the better. Anne Goldfeld, MD, of Children’s Hospital Boston reports about a study in Cambodia showing that HIV treatment within two weeks of TB treatment, as opposed to the current practice of waiting 2 months, increases survival by 33 percent. Read more about the HIV treatment study in Cambodia.


Molecular barrier against HIV and other diseases
Lee Adam Wheeler and Judy Lieberman, MD, PhD led research suggesting that interfering RNA could create a molecular barrier against HIV, and possible other diseases. Learn more about this research in the Children’s newsroom.