General Plenary

Passion, Pleasure, and Sexually Transmitted Infections: Strategic Approaches to Helping Young Women in High STI Prevalent Communities Stay Healthy

Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM

June 15, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
1.5 CE

While exploring one’s passions for pleasure is an important aspect of developing a healthy sexuality in adolescent and young adult women, diagnosis with a sexually transmitted infection may become a sentinel event in her experience that must be carefully navigated both clinically and emotionally for optimal outcomes.

Dr. Maria Trent is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has joint appointments in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is the Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program,  a medical consultant for the Baltimore City Health Department School-Based Health Program, and as a faculty leader of the Taussig College in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine College Advisory Program.   Dr. Trent provides primary care and subspecialty consultation services in the Harriet Lane Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health and the Adolescent Medicine consultation service within the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and clinical interest has been on reducing health disparities and improving adolescent and young adult reproductive health outcomes.  She is an independent scientist and serves as the Principal Investigator several funded projects that include 1) the TECH-N study, a large randomized controlled clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research designed to test a technology enhanced community health nursing intervention to improve patient adherence and outcomes after pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), 2) the Women’s BioHealth study designed to evaluate the impact of Mycoplasma genitalium and Trichomonas vaginalis on the health status of pregnant and non-pregnant young women, 2)  the COUPLES study a dyadic intervention to improve clinical outcomes for STI affected adolescents and young adults, 3)  TECH-N-2 CHECK-N which utilizes the TECH-N design to improve health status for youth living with HIV who have failed to suppress their viral load through adherence to antiretroviral therapy,  4) a Pediatric LARC Simulation study, and 5) a microbial research study exploring the impact of precision care on the vaginal health of PID affected patients.

Dr. Trent is the author of over 90 scientific research articles, editorials, book chapters, and patient-directed media materials in the field of adolescent and young adult health. Her work is not only found in scientific journals and medical textbooks, but also in places where the research outputs can reach the young people who need them.  Dr. Trent has been recognized for her work by medical associations and the lay press. In 2013, she was named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list of  African American influencers and game changers making vital accomplishments in the field of health and science. She has also named an Influential Marylander and consistently one of the ‘Best Docs’ in Baltimore by her peers. She continues to receive honors for clinical care and public health teaching excellence and has emerged as an important voice in public health for adolescents and young adults.

Raised in small rural community in North Carolina, Dr. Trent is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Yale University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health.   She completed her residency training at Children’s National Medical Center and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  She has been on the faculty at Hopkins for the last 16 years.