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Youth Sexual Health
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Adolescence is a time of tremendous opportunity and change.

Becoming a sexually healthy adult is one of the most important developmental tasks of adolescence. Healthy sexuality is to be respected, and requires a sense of responsibility to be emotionally and physically prepared and protected.  

 
 
 
 

Research Review: Sexual Health Disparities Among Disenfranchised Youth

This series of research briefs addresses sexual health disparities among seven subpopulations of youth,

Full version (pdf)

Individual Sections (pdf)


New Perspective on Youth Sexual Health

The Oregon Youth Sexual Health Plan, coordinated by the statewide Teen Pregnancy Prevention/Adolescent Sexual Health Partnership (TPP/SHP), a coalition of state, county and community advocates and non-profit organizations, is a holistic action plan to address all aspects of youth sexual health.
 
Built on a foundation of scientific evidence, incorporating findings of current health and youth development research, Oregon youth-lead research, and community forums with hundreds of participants, the Plan emphasizes our responsibility to provide youth with accurate information and skill-building opportunities so that they may chose behaviors that nurture healthy relationships, prevent unwanted pregnancies and decrease risk of sexually transmitted infections.
 
The plan provides a resource for communities to identify effective strategies, collaborate with local partners, and find the latest research and language that can be used to seek grants and other resources for new and existing programs.
 
Most importantly, the Plan looks at youth as a resource, not as a problem.


Access to Health Care

High-quality health services to youth need to be accessible, nonjudgmental, developmentally appropriate and youth-friendly.  It is essential that adolescents have access to health care and receive annual preventive health exams and guidance from health professionals.


LGBTQ Youth Health

Health professionals should also be aware of different sexual and gender orientations and be prepared to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender and questioning youth as well as heterosexual youth.


Adolescent Development

It is the goal of public health to support young people in positive ways, through this important phase of their lives. Information about young people's emerging sexuality can be located in the Adolescent Growth & Development section of this website.


HP2020

Click here for Healthy People 2020 Objects related to adolescent sexual health.