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Tools & Resources for Serving Adolescent Patients
  • GYT Provider Web Site exit disclaimer
    The GYT Web site now offers resources for providers to help them better serve their teen and young adult patients. The site addresses young people's common STD-related misconceptions and offers simple answers to patients' questions. The Web site also features quick STD reference guides and charts (e.g., STD basics, who should be tested for what, treatment guidelines), resources for talking to patients about sexual history and STD testing, training resources, and GYT materials for their clinics.
  • Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers exit disclaimer
    Provides healthcare providers who care for adolescents and young adults with information that they can use to improve delivery of Chlamydia screening to their patients. This guide was designed as a brief resource to help providers become aware of the latest information about Chlamydia screening and treatment, and ways to integrate this care into medical practice.
  • Minors’ Access to STI Services exit disclaimer
    All state laws allow minors to consent to their own STD testing, but some states require teens to be a certain age, such as 12 or 14, to consent to these services without their parents’ permission. Other states allow (but do not require) healthcare providers to tell parents about these services. Use the above link from the Guttmacher Institute to learn more about the laws in your state.

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Resources for Serving LGBT Patients

  • SAMHSA LGBT Health Resources Kit exit disclaimer
    SAMHSA’s Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit contains fact sheets and PowerPoint slides that can be used individually or together. The first fact sheet, Helpful Terms for Prevention Specialists and Healthcare Providers, contains an overview of terms and definitions that are specific to LGBT populations. The second fact sheet, A Discussion about Gender Identity, provides an overview of how the concepts and theories about gender, gender roles, and gender identity have developed over time. Four individual fact sheets are dedicated to the top health issues for lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people. The last fact sheet provides a listing of useful Web-based resources that supplement the information provided.
  • Fenway Health exit disclaimer
    The research institute of Boston-based Fenway Health published two policy briefs to help providers address LGBT patients' needs. The first exit disclaimer details why information about patients' sexual and gender identity should be gathered in clinical settings; the second exit disclaimer offers guidance on how to collect the data.

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General Resources
  • Guide to Taking a Sexual History
    This guide provides healthcare professionals with a sample of the discussion points and questions to ask your patients to obtain a more complete picture of sexual and patient health.
  • National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers exit disclaimer
    The National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) is a CDC-funded group of regional centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs are dedicated to increasing knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. The above link connects you to their online training Web page, including continuing education opportunities, clinical practice references, and teaching tools/curricula.
  • Healthy People 2020 – Sexually Transmitted Diseases exit disclaimer
    Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. One of the topic areas for HP2020 is STDs with several objectives related to STDs. The site also includes interventions and resources related to STDs.
  • CDC Sexual Health Web Site
    Find information about various sexual health topics, such as HIV/AIDS prevention, viral hepatitis, STDs, sexual violence prevention, HIV/STD testing, reproductive health, pregnancy and HIV/viral hepatitis/STD prevention, and preconception care.
  • NCHHSTP Atlas
    Atlas was created to provide an interactive platform for accessing HIV, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis (TB) data collected by CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. This interactive tool provides CDC an effective way to disseminate data, while allowing users to observe trends and patterns by creating detailed reports, maps, and other graphics.
  • Syphilis Elimination Effort Resources
    Information on the U.S. Syphilis Elimination Effort, as well as access to key epidemiological data, health communication resources, and quick links to syphilis information.

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