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Guidelines for Teens: Thinking About Sexuality and Sexual Activity
Lynn E. Ponton, MD, The Sex Lives of Teenagers, 2000.
Sexual Readiness: Questions to Ask
Lynn E. Ponton, MD, The Sex Lives of Teenagers, 2000.
Fact Sheets
HIV/AIDS among Youth
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005.
The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, December 2004. [PDF: 859K]
Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, December 2004. [PDF: 862K]
The Global Impact of HIV/AIDS on Youth
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, July 2004. [PDF: 837K]
A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States
SIECUS, June 2004.
Sexuality and Youth in Communities of Color
SIECUS, March 2004.
Youth of Color--At Disproportionate Risk of Negative Sexual Health Outcomes
Advocates for Youth, January 2004.
The Truth About Adolescent Sexuality
SIECUS, October 2003.
The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth: A Global Snapshot
Advocates for Youth, January 2003.
Adolescents and HIV/AIDS
Advocates for Youth, January 2003.
Adolescent Protective Behaviors: Abstinence and Contraceptive Use
Advocates for Youth, January 2003.
Reports and Studies
The State of the World's Children 2006
United Nations Children's Fund, 2005. Also available in French
and Spanish.
Sex on TV 4
Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, November 2005.
Reclaiming Our Future: The State of AIDS among Black Youth
Black AIDS Institute, September 2005.
Our Voice, Our Future
Global Youth Partners, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, United Nations Population Fund, May 2005.
Young Men and HIV Prevention
Horizons Program, Population Council, December 2004.
Reaching Out-of-School Youth with Reproductive Health and HIV Information and Services
YouthNet Program, Family Health International, 2004. [PDF, 341K]
Children on the Brink 2004: A Joint Report on Orphan Estimates and Framework for Action
UNAIDS, UNICEF, July 2004. [PDF: 6.3MB]
HIV Infection in Adolescents and Young Adults
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, May 2004.
Learning to survive: How education for all would save millions of young people from HIV/AIDS
Oxfam International, April 2004.
Bending the Mold: An Action Kit for Transgender Youth
Lambda Legal, National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), March 2004.
Ignorance Only: HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Programs in the United States
Human Rights Watch, September 2002.
Young People & HIV/AIDS: Opportunity in Crisis
UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO, June 2002. Also available in French and Spanish.
NBC /People: National Survey of Young Teens Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors
Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, January 2005.
Seventeen Magazine and Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, July 2004.
HIV and Sexual Behaviour Among Young South Africans: A National Survey of 15-24 Year- Olds
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, April 2004.
With One Voice 2004
The National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, December 2004. [PDF: 812K]
Case Studies
Going to Scale in Ethiopia: Mobilizing Youth for a National HIV/AIDS Program
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, YouthNet, IMPACT Projects of Family Health International, July 2004. [PDF: 371K]
Adolescent AIDS Program
The AAP serves as a local and national resource for those living with HIV/AIDS; adolescents who are at-risk of HIV infection; health care providers who treat adolescents living with or at risk of HIV infection; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning adolescents, their families and caregivers. Based in the Bronx, New York, at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center.
Africa Alive!
Mission is to educate and give youth the skills they need in the fight against HIV/AIDS through the medium of popular entertainment.
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families
A national, nonprofit organization founded to help respond to the unique concerns of children, youth, women, and families who are living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/AIDS. They conduct policy research, education, and advocacy on a broad range of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and research issues.
AVERT: Young People's Section
Offers information about young people and HIV/AIDS, as well as birth control and contraception, condoms, sex, sexuality, and puberty. A London-based HIV/AIDS information website.
BAY Positives
Support for young people with HIV by young people with HIV, aged 25 and under. Organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Keep a Child Alive
Keep a Child Alive is dedicated to providing life-saving medicine to children and families with HIV/AIDS.
Web-based arm of media campaign produced by loveLife, a South African organization working to educate adolescents on HIV/AIDS and broader issues of sex and sexuality.
Metro TeenAIDS
Offers HIV education and prevention services for adolescents, as well as support services for teens already affected by HIV/AIDS. The information center distributes free literature on HIV/AIDS, offers counseling services for teens, and makes referrals to HIV testing sites or other HIV-related services for adolescents. Metro Teen AIDS also sponsors the Annual Teen AIDS National Youth Conference. Organization based in Washington, DC.
Mpowerment Project
An HIV prevention program designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men by empowering them to take action in their communities.
National Pediatric AIDS Network Information regarding HIV/AIDS in pediatric and youth communities, including medical information, clinical trials, international issues, complementary therapy, and more.
Reach LA
Provides training in health education, media arts, and technology to educate, motivate, and mobilize youth to maintain healthy lifestyles, to improve themselves and their communities, and to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Organization based in Los Angeles, California.
Staying Alive
Website of MTV's annual HIV/AIDS program, broadcast for World AIDS Day (December 1). Site is sponsored by MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, UNAIDS, and the World Bank, and features facts, figures, and frequently asked questions about HIV/AIDS.
Talking with Kids About HIV/AIDS
Guidance for parents on discussing HIV/AIDS with their children. Also in Spanish.
Featuring HIV/AIDS education curricula in American schools, glossary of AIDS terms, abstracts, and news. In collaboration with Dr. John Chittick, former lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Public Health on international HIV/AIDS public health and comprehensive health education issues.
Thai Youth AIDS Prevention Project
(TYAP) Promotes involvement youth in AIDS prevention activities in northern Thailand.
Information from the United Nations Children's Fund on HIV/AIDS issues of children and young people.
Who's Positive?
An outreach program designed to offer insight into the lives of HIV-positive youth. Site includes a calendar of upcoming programs and a discussion board.
Youth AIDS
An action-based global initiative that focuses on prevention. Mission is to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS through youth involvement.
Youth and AIDS Projects
(YAP) The goal of the University of Minnesota Youth and AIDS Projects is to help high-risk youth prevent HIV and to care for young people and families living with HIV infection.
An online resource for improving youth reproductive health and HIV/AIDS policy worldwide. The searchable database contains more than 100 full-text policies addressing youth reproductive health from over 40 countries. A collaboration of the POLICY Project and YouthNet.
Youth Topics
Providing news and information, publications, and links about youth and HIV/AIDS from the CDC National Prevention Information Network.
Sexual & Reproductive Health
Advocates for Youth
Dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
Alan Guttmacher Institute: Adolescents
Non-profit organization focused on reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education.
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: Resources for Adolescent Providers
An interdisciplinary association composed of professionals who provide reproductive health services or education, conduct reproductive health research, or influence reproductive health policy.
Auntie Stella
Produced by Training and Research Support Centre as an activity pack for young Zimbabweans aged 13 to 17. It aims to encourage young people to discuss key teenage issues, and also gives information that teenagers find hard to get elsewhere.
DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
DC Campaign's mission is to cut in half the teen pregnancy rate in the District of Columbia by 2015.
Sexuality Education and Information Council of the United States (SIECUS)
It's Great To Wait!
The site discusses the choice of abstinence until marriage. Why you should wait, who else is waiting, and where you can learn more. There is also a section for parents who want some help talking to kids about abstinence.
It's Your (Sex) Life
Guide to safe and responsible sex for teens from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Includes information on HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and contraception, and communicating about sex.
Answers to questions on teen sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases from the American Social Health Association (ASHA).
Just Say Yes
A website about having a positive attitude towards sexuality--gay, straight, bisexual, or whatever, and about making informed choices. Includes Spanish-language resources. From the Coalition for Positive Sexuality.
Marie Stopes International
Information about sex and sexual health. Includes surveys, FAQs, an ask feature, and animations on condom use and menstruation.
My Sistahs
Sexuality and relationship information for young African American, Asian American, Latina, and Native American women, including information on STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Not Me, Not Now
A website offering various items to reinforce the abstinence message in school, at home or on the run. Includes a newsletter, interactive games, advice, links, and information for parents and educators.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA): Teen Issues
PPFA's policy is to assure that adolescents have access to information about human sexuality and to reproductive health care services.
Safe Passages to Adulthood A 5-year programme of research into young people's sexual health in poorer countries, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK.
Bills itself as 'Sex education for the real world.' Providing information that educates in all aspects of positive sexuality.
Sex, Etc.
Site by and for teens with information on sexuality and health. Features an ask-the-experts column and a special section for parents.
SEXplained... Foundation
Established to advance the education of the public in all matters relating to contraception, reproduction, and sexual health and to promote reproductive and sexual health awareness for the benefit of the community.
The Sexwise Guide
Written in the form of a travel guide, this online publication provides information about sexual well-being, choices, and rights. Guide is available in 22 languages.
Teen Guide
Information for teens on sex, sexuality, abstinence, STDs, and more. Brought to you by Campaign For Our Children. Also has an ask-the-expert feature and a downloadable STD video game/screensaver.
Youth Peer
Website aimed at supporting the development of youth peer education in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, on topics related to adolescent health and well-being. Features resources on sexual health and HIV/AIDS.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Youth
Bilingual French/English website for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) and questioning youth, their parents, families, and friends. Seeks to eliminate prejudice and discrimination through the sharing and dissemination of information.
Ambiente Joven
Bilingual Spanish/English website for Latino/Latina gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) and questioning youth.
AVERT: Young Gay and Lesbian Index
Personal stories, information on schools, coming out, and religion as it relates to young gay men and lesbians. Also includes table of worlwide ages of consent. Part of AVERT, a London, England-based HIV/AIDS information website.
Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center
(LYRIC) A community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth 23 and under. Organization located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Mission is to advocate for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being.
Oasis Magazine
An online web 'zine written by, about, and for queer and questioning youth.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
(PFLAG) Offers "Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth," a historic collaborative resource for advocates of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. Available in PDF format.
Trans Youth Created to link trans youth and the people in their lives with current resources, including coming out, trans pride, health care, body modification, dating and sex, school, work, id document changes, hotlines, organizations and shelters, conferences, online connections, books and media, and how to get involved.
The Trevor Project
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386) A national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline aimed at gay or questioning youth. A part of The Trevor Project, a nonprofit endeavor created by the makers of the movie Trevor to promote tolerance for gay and questioning youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.
Youth Pride
Strives to enhance the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth through advocacy, education, outreach, support services, and youth activities. U.S. group based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Youth Resource
Informational website for queer youth from Advocates for Youth.
Young Gay Men
Informational website for gay youth in the United Kingdom. Features health information, news and events, coming out, and a hotline.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
(GLSEN) By working to educate teachers, students, and the public at large, GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every U.S. K-12 school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
National Association of State Boards of Education: Safe and Healthy Schools
Information, training and technical assistance, and policy guidance on an array of school health and safety issues, including HIV/AIDS.
National School Boards Association: School Health Programs
Resources on HIV/AIDS, coordinated school health programs, and other school health topics.
Student Global AIDS Campaign
Seeks to mobilize U.S. college students as advocates for global AIDS issues and to create a network across campuses to fight the AIDS pandemic.
Drug Use/Harm Reduction
Following the steps, traditions, and concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous, Alateen is an alcohol recovery program for young people, while Al-Anon's purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend.
Harm reduction site promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community. Focus is on ecstasy (MDMA) and other "club" drugs. Local chapters consist of young people from within the dance culture itself who have an interest in bettering their communities and educating themselves and their peers utilizing the principles and methods of harm reduction and popular education.
Harm Reduction Coalition
(HRC) Committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing.
NIDA: Information For Students
Includes research information about the effects of drug abuse and interactive activities to help students in grades 5-9 learn more about various drugs and how they affect the human brain. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Teen Drug Abuse
Provides information to help fight teen drug abuse by prevention, intervention, and creating a support network.
Legal and Policy Information
Advocates for Youth
Dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
Alan Guttmacher Institute
Adolescent section of non-profit organization focused on reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education.
An online resource for improving youth reproductive health and HIV/AIDS policy worldwide. The searchable database contains more than 100 full-text policies addressing youth reproductive health from over 40 countries. A collaboration of the POLICY Project and YouthNet.
Youth Chat and Discussion
The Body's Community Discussion Thread for Teens
Bulletin board on HIV/AIDS for teens from The Body, a major HIV/AIDS website.
Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Education Program--a division of Columbia University Health and Related Services.
Let's Talk
Internet bulletin board for teens to discuss issues related to sex and sexuality, from the Coalition for Positive Sexuality.
PlanetOut Teen Community Center
Various chat rooms, message boards, and resources for GLBT and questioning youth.
Support and discussion email list caters to the unique needs of HIV+ youth to talk to other young people with similar situations and experiences. List restricted to youth 25 years old or younger who are HIV+.