In the subject review entitled “Guidelines for the Evaluation of Sexual Abuse of Children” (Pediatrics. 1999;103:186–191), incorrect information was given in a footnote to Table 1. On page 188, in the table “Implications of Commonly Encountered Sexually Transmitted Diseases for the Diagnosis and Reporting of Sexual Abuse of Infants and Prepubertal Children,” the dagger footnote that refers to gonorrhea and Chlamydiashould read as follows:
“†Only culture using standard confirmation methods should be used.”
DNA probes should not be used a a diagnostic method. Newer methods such as nucleic acid amplification methods need further evaluation before being recommended.