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State Policies Affecting the Assurance of Confidential Care for Adolescents
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State Policies Affecting the Assurance of Confidential Care for Adolescents

An overview of states’ minor consent laws and new information on the use of explanation-of-benefit (EOB) statements by state Medicaid agencies and their contracting managed care organizations. The fact sheet explains how and why EOBs are used and addresses the implications of state policies for adolescents and for health professionals. Data on state protections for sensitive services are included.

This article was taken from The National Alliance


Improving the Implementation of a Condom Availability Program in Urban High Schools

Researchers conducted an intervention to improve the implementation of a high school condom availability program, and evaluated its effect on students’ awareness of the program and acquisition of condoms.  Awareness increased significantly among intervention versus control participants and results were similar across gender and different levels of sexual experience. Orders of condoms increased markedly in intervention schools.

This article was taken from Journal of Adolescent Health, May 2012


Sex Infections Found in Quarter of Teenage Girls

The first national study of four common sexually transmitted diseases among girls and young women has found that one in four are infected with at least one of the diseases.

This article was taken from CDC


Risk of Female HPV Acquisition Associated with First Male Sex Partner

A study of 125 university students shows that nearly 1/3 of women who report having only one male sexual partner were infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) within a year of starting the relationship.

This article was taken from National Prevention Information Network


Keeping Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out: HTN and National Women’s Law Center

Brief describes needed support for pregnant and parenting students is critical for schools to reduce dropout rates.

This article was taken from Healthy Teen Network & National Women's Law Center


Supporting Young Male Involvement in Pregnancy Prevention & Parenting

This Healthy Teen Network fact sheet explores the benefits of targeting boys and young men specifically in order to reduce teen pregnancy and early, unintended fatherhood and to promote the development of positive relationships between young fathers and their children.

This article was taken from Healthy Teen Network


Teen birth rate and cost analysis update by California Senate Districts Spring 2008

This Policy Review examines progress and continuing challenges for the State of California and for individual Senate Districts in the area of teen births reported by California’s forty State Senate Districts. Each State Senate District has been assigned to one of four progress categories based on its 2006 teen birthrate together with the amount of progress made during the last four years.

This article was taken from Public Health Institute


Science and Success, Second Edition: Sex Education and Other Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections

Twenty-six effective programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy and STI’s that meet rigorous criteria are described by Advocates for Youth.

This article was taken from Advocates for Youth. Washington, DC. 2008


Converging Evidence Leaves Policy Behind: Sex Education in the United States

School-based sex education has the potential to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies and to promote healthy sexuality. Yet local, state, and national sex education policies in the United States comprise a bewildering patchwork of mandates, funding restrictions, omissions, and compromises, often at odds from one level to the next. As a result, the sex education received by most students is fragmented, incomplete, and frequently based on ineffective approaches and curricula.

This article was taken from Constantine, N. A. (2008). Converging evidence leaves policy behind: Sex education in the United States. [editorial]. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 324-326.


Perception that Teens Frequently Substitute Oral Sex for Intercourse a Myth: Oral Sex “Epidemic” Not Supported by Facts

This study found that both oral and anal sex are much more common among teens who have already had vaginal intercourse than among those who have not, suggesting that teens initiate a range of sexual activities around the same time, rather than substitute one for another.



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