Adolescent Sexual Health

Adolescence is a time of major transition physically, emotionally, and socially. Healthy sexuality is an important part of adolescent development, and primary health care providers play a key role in helping young people develop healthy routines, behaviors, and relationships that they can carry into their adult lives. While most adolescents at this stage of life are thriving, many of them have difficulty navigating this transition, particularly understanding that risky behavior taking can jeopardize their health during these formative years and can contribute to poor health outcomes in adulthood.

The information on this Web site is designed for primary care providers to assist and support in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents and young adults. It provides guidance on recommended services, approaches to addressing important clinical issues, and resources for your patients and their families on how to optimize the health of adolescents and young adults and reduce risk taking behaviors. The patient and family specific information is designed to be shared by the primary care provider with patients and their families.

Adolescent clinical preventive service (CPS) visits present important opportunities to provide screening, education, and counseling and to ensure adolescents receive recommended sexual health care services. However, many adolescents and young adults (AYA) in the United States (U.S.) do not receive recommended CPS and many young people report that these visits lack any discussion of confidentiality.