Teen Matters provide confidential health services for youth age 11 to 19 in a teen-friendly environment. We welcome and encourage you to involve your parents in any healthcare decision, but parental consent is not required in order to utilize clinic services.
- Birth Control
- Advice about Dating, Relationships & Risks
- Pregnancy Testing
- Testing and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Abstinence Education
- Decision-Making Skills
- Health Education
- HIV/AIDS Testing
- Immunizations (including the cervical cancer/HPV prevention shot)
- Nutrition & Exercise Advice
Who Uses Teen Matters Services?
Some young people come in to support friends who use our services, some come to learn ways they can stay abstinent, others come just to talk or ask advice, and some teens drop in to play the Wii in the waiting room.
Of course, many who visit Teen Matters come to protect their health and plan for their future by getting exams and testing, immunizations, condoms and birth control.
You don’t have to be sexually active to use our services, and you shouldn’t assume that someone is sexually active just because you’ve seen them at Teen Matters. It’s a good idea to visit the clinic before you start having sex so you can talk about expectations, risks and options with one of our health educators. We’re here for you and you can ask us anything. Remember, what ever you say will remain confidential.
Defining Confidential Services
All Teen Matters services are confidential. But what exactly does “confidential” mean?
Many young people are afraid that we will tell their parents that they have visited Teen Matters or used our services. Don’t worry! It’s against state law for us to inform parents of your visit or services without your express written permission.
Of course, while we do encourage you to involve your parents when making decisions about your health, we know that not every young person feels safe or comfortable talking to his or her parents about these sensitive subjects. We always respect your privacy as a patient.
Below are links to the Teen Matters clinics in the Northeast Health District:
- Clarke County (Central) Teen Matters
- Clarke County (Cedar) Teen Matters
- Walton County–ACES
- Elbert County Teen Matters
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has a fun and informative website, beforeplay.org that may also help you find ways to start an open and honest conversation with your parents or our health educations about your sexual health.
The CDC has published some interesting information on pregnancy prevention in teens age 15-17 that is worth reading and discussing with a health educator or health department nurse.
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