The Hill features article written by DC AAP Vice Chair, Ankoor Shah

By Dr. Ankoor Y. Shah – 01/26/17 07:15 AM EST

As I ended my day a couple weeks ago in my Southeast D.C. pediatrics clinic, I noticed my last patient was a 16-year-old for an asthma follow up visit. Before walking in, I reviewed her medical history and current asthma medications, which would guide my future medical management. However, when I walked in, I found a tearful and terrified teenage girl. She and her boyfriend had unprotected sex seven weeks prior, and she is now concerned she may be pregnant. Her concern bore truth. She felt alone and afraid sitting on a cold exam table.

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