Whether you're having sex or not, it's important to check out: Whether you call them STIs or STDs, what are the sexually transmitted infections you might get if you're having sex?
Which methods of preventing pregnancy work best to prevent pregnancy and can protect you from STDs?
Did you know there are free & low-cost sexual health clinicsin every borough of New York that can help teens with these questions? You can watch a video and read about what to expect at the clinic before you even get there. Or download the Teens in NYC app (iOS or Android) for this information.
More stuff you should know about:
Teens in New York State have a legal right to get sexual health services (STI tests, birth control, etc.) without the permission or knowledge of parents, guardians, boyfriends, girlfriends, relatives or anyone else. These services are available for free or low cost at many clinics . Call 311 to find out where.
Call 311 (Where to go for STI tests, pregnancy tests, birth control, etc, plus other referrals and information about NYC) Call 800-621-HOPE (For help with sexual assault, rape, or domestic violence)
Teenwire: Resources and information from Planned Parenthood
Sex Etc. : Got questions? Sex, etc. has the answers.
Nurse-Family Partnership : a free nurse home-visiting program for first-time mothers and their children.
Planned Parenthood (NYC): Free and low-cost clinics regardless of immigration status.
NYCLU Teen Health Initiative: Learn more about your rights
New Youth Connections : monthly magazine by and for NYC youth.
Sauti Yetu : Our Voice : Sauti Yetu Center for African Women (SYCAW) is a not for profit organization linking social justice activism with academic scholarship to promote and protect the rights of African women and girls, dealing with matters such as genital cutting and violence against women.