Clinic Tools and Resources
Tools & Resources for Serving Adolescent
- GYT Provider Web Site
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
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
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
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
The research institute of Boston-based Fenway Health published two policy briefs to help providers address LGBT patients' needs. The first details why information about patients' sexual and gender identity should be gathered in clinical settings; the second offers guidance on how to collect the data.
- Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide
A field guide from the Joint Commission urges U.S. hospitals to create a more welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment that contributes to improved health care quality for LGBT patients and their families. The field guide features a compilation of strategies, practice examples, resources, and testimonials designed to help hospitals in their efforts to improve communication and provide more patient-centered care to their LGBT patients.
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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
- 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines
Physicians and other healthcare providers play a critical role in preventing and
treating STDs. Although the guidelines emphasize treatment, prevention strategies
and diagnostic recommendations are also discussed.
National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers
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
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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