Why is Sexual Health Important?
Good sexual health is just as important as good physical health. Studies show the majority of sexually transmitted infections can be prevented. If prevented or treated early on, the chances of experiencing medical ailments, as a result of the infections, can be greatly reduced.
- Sexual Education Knowledge about sexuality, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections is important as one transitions from youth to adult. Get the Facts
- Birth Control Birth control, also referred to as contraception, refers to the various things one can do to avoid pregnancy. Read More
- STIs Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), also known as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), is an infection one can get during sexual activity. Get the Facts
- Talk to Parents Learning how to approach your parents, guardians or trusted adults with sexual health questions is one more step toward improving your sexual health. Learn Here
- Pregnancy/Parenting Being a teen parent can be a challenge. Having a healthy pregnancy is important for the parent, the baby and the future. Resources
Get the Facts
Sexuality refers to human sexuality, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. For many of us, we become more aware of our sexuality when we ‘hit puberty.’ This happens at different ages for boys and girls and both are uniquely affected.
Knowing who we are and to whom we are attracted are essential to sexuality.
In the United States, over half a million teens become pregnant each year. In addition to preventing pregnancy, using birth control/contraceptives (drug or device to prevent pregnancy) can also prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Although not having sex (often referred to as ‘abstinence’) is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, there are many birth control methods available and accessible to teens through medical providers, health clinics, and some private organizations.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
A Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), also known as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), is an infection one can get during sexual activity; however, it can also be spread by contact with infected blood. STIs can be prevented. Unfortunately, millions of new infections occur every year and youth, ages 15-24, account for more than 50% of those individuals infected.
Get the Facts
The best way to avoid getting a STI is to not have sex. If you are having sex, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your partner:
STIs can be passed/transmitted to sex partners and may have devastating effects if not treated. Below are some signs and symptoms of STIs:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
One of the most serious STIs one can get is Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Find out more below:
Talking to Parents
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Pregnancy and Parenting
Being a parent isn’t easy. Being a teen parent can be even more of a challenge. Having a healthy pregnancy is important for the parent, the baby and the future.
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There are also community resources available to help parents and families with a variety of needs. These needs include -but are not limited to- mentoring, classes and groups, daycare, crisis/emergency daycare, counseling and nutrition/food. Many of these resources are free or available for a low fee (based on income).