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is one of the most dynamic periods of human development, accompanied
by dramatic physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes.
to and respect the changes they are experiencing.
partnership with them.
about how to meet challenges.
that they will become increasingly independent over time.
activity during adolescence can have serious health consequences,
including unintentional pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
PCPs have the opportunity to provide counseling on a one-to-one
basis and are often trusted by teens as highly reliable sources
Teens must be
informed about the options available to them before they consent
to any form of contraception. When counseling teens about contraception,
fully explain the benefits and risks of each of the following contraceptive
methods as presented by the following resources:
for Youth. Data, reports, lesson plans, information about effective
programs, and news and commentary about adolescent
sexual and reproductive health for health professionals, educators, and
advocates. Topics address abstinence, abortion, contraception, parent-child
communication, sexuality education, and adolescent-pregnancy prevention.
- Guttmacher Institute.
Fact sheets, policy briefs, reports, articles, PowerPoint presentations,
and news about adolescent sexuality, abortion, contraception, and pregnancy
prevention. Some materials are available in Spanish and French.
Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. An extensive
set of resources about adolescent pregnancy prevention for health and
education professionals, policymakers, faith communities, parents, adolescents,
and the media. Resources include national data and state
data; information about effective programs;
sheets; PowerPoint presentations; Spanish-language materials; posters;
audiovisuals; and news and commentary. Topics
include contraception, foster care, male involvement, parental involvement,
the influence of media on adolescent sexual health, health reform, racial
and ethnic differences, and faith and values.
- Planned Parenthood. Information for teens, parents, and educators.
HIV Prevention Education
HIV prevention education to teens, consider both the maturity level
and sexual development of the teen and place strong emphasis on
abstinence from sex and drugs.
Risk Reduction Guidance for Sexually Active Teens
sexual intercourse to prevent HIV infection.
a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
use protective barriers during sex.
condoms with water-based lubricant (oil-based lubricants weaken
Risk Reduction Guidance for Drug-using Teens
Enter a drug
any drug-injecting paraphernalia.
needles and syringes using household bleach (twice).
into syringe and expel (twice).
injection “works” sold as clean on the streets.
barriers (latex condoms) during sex.
- For information and HIV/AIDS prevention materials for your office,
call the HIV/AIDS Administration at (202) 727-2500.