New this school year! Through a partnership between Baltimore City Schools and Baltimore City Health Department, students in middle and high school will participate in U Choose's sexual health education program. Click here to find out more.

Did you know that teens name parents as the biggest influence on their decisions about sex?

Start Early and Often with the Right Info at the Right Time

Did you know the "sex talk" isn't one talk but a lot of little talks? It starts with learning the correct names of body parts and leads to explaining specific ways to delay sex in a teen.

Capturing Teachable Moments Help your sexually active teen protect themselves with condoms and birth control. Did you know?

• By age 19, 7 out of 10 teens have had sexual intercourse.
• Teens name their parents as the biggest influence on their decisions about sex.
• Teens that talk to their parents about sex are more likely to wait longer to engage in sex.
• Teens that talk to their parents about sex are more likely to use condoms and birth control.

To help your teen make informed decisions about their sexual health, having a conversation about sex can be a first step in keeping your teen healthy and safe. Having conversations about sex can start early before your child reaches puberty. Take our quiz to see how you rate as an askable parent.

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Talking to Your Teens about Sex

Parenting Tips 101

• Reassure you love your teen no matter what
• Be respectful. Treat your teen like an emerging adult
• Listen to your teen and understaff their point of view
• Always encourage your teen to use condoms and birth control to prevent STDs and pregnancy

Helping Your Teenager Wait to Have Sex Helping your Sexually Active Teen Be Safe Talking About Sex and relationships More Comfortably How Parents Can help Prevent Teen Pregnancy Sexually Transmitted Disease Facts
List of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDS) Description
Bacterial Vaginosis Any woman can get bacterial vaginois. Having bacterial vaginosis can increase your chance of getting an STD.
Chlamydia Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can be easily cured. If left untreated, chlamydia can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant.
Gonorrhea Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can cause very serious complications when not treated, but can be cured with the right medication.
Hepatitis Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation.
HIV/AIDS & STDs People who lave STDs are more likely to get HIV, when compared to people who do not have STDs.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Some health effects caused by HPV can be prevented with vaccines.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) can lead to serious consequences including infertility.
Syphilis Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can have very serious complications when left untreated, but it simple to cure with the right treatment.
Trichomoniasis Most people who have trichomoniasis do not have any symptoms.

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Where your family can access free STD testing and condoms
in Baltimore City?

Visit Y 2 Connect:

Understanding your healthcare coverage for birth control options:

Additional Parent Resources

Advocates for Youth, Parent Sex Ed Center

American Sexual Health Organization

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Options For Sexual Health, Askable Adult Guide

Planned Parenthood

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