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Mental Health icon   Talk to Your Partner About Sex

When you start dating, think about what you’re looking for in a solid relationship — someone who supports, trusts, and appreciates you for who you are!  Talk with your boyfriend or girlfriend while your clothes are still on – at a time and in a place where you’re comfortable and won’t be interrupted.

  • So much of what you see on TV and hear in songs is not real or healthy
  • There are lots of ways to show affection other than sex
  • You don’t have to do anything that makes you uncomfortable

If you’re seriously thinking about having sex with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you should be able to talk to them about what kind of birth control you would use and how you would protect yourselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Having this talk is a way to protect your health and respect each other’s feelings.

Focus on feeling good about yourself and take good care of your body. See a doctor if you are having sex. Talk to your doctor or another trusted adult if you have questions.

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Mental Health icon   Talk to Your Doctor About Your Sexual Health

It’s important to talk openly with your doctor about your sexual health, just as you’d bring up any other important health topic. Your doctor is there to treat you, not judge you — and will always respect your privacy. They will also advise you about how to protect yourself from STDs and help you find the right birth control, understand possible side effects, and use it properly.

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Healthy Relationships and Sex Education

The focus of this website is to encourage healthy dating attitudes and relationships to prevent dating abuse.


This resource for teen girls will help you to understand your sexuality, and your body. You will also find information about reproductive health and other topics.

TeensHealth.org: Sexual Health

These articles for girls and for guys will help you understand your changing body.

Privacy of Information Definition

Learn about your right to patient confidentiality as a teen.


Planned Parenthood

This organization delivers information about reproductive health care and sex education to women, men, and young people so they can make an informed decision about health, sex, and family planning.

Phone: (800) 230-7526
BeSmartBeWell.com – Health Video: Let’s Talk About Sexual Health

Medical experts and young adults discuss how to talk about sex before you become sexually active.

Go Ask Alice

This blog features a weekly health Q&A, and thousands of previously-posted Q&As. You can also submit a question.


Information based on medical facts and guidelines is available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal government agency.

Sex, etc.

Teens, including LGBTQ youths, wrote some of the articles. The there are also videos and a glossary of sex terms.

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Mental Health icon   You Have a Right to Birth Control

You don't need anyone's permission to get birth control from your doctor and your doctor can't tell anyone that you have it until you give your permission. No matter what age you are, you can get birth control without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Your doctor or health care provider may not inform your parent or legal guardian that you asked for birth control without your permission.

Talk to your doctor about your birth control options or go to a Planned Parenthood (or other organizations) for more information. You can get free condoms at one of the many pick-up locations in LA County, or get them mailed to you for free. You can also buy condoms from a drugstore, pharmacy, grocery store, or even online.

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Birth Control is Available to You
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information About Birth Control

The CDC is part of the federal government. This agency provides health and safety information to individuals, health care providers, scientists, and educators.

Planned Parenthood: Birth Control Information and Health Centers

Planned Parenthood delivers information about reproductive health care and sex education to women, men, and young people so they can make an informed decision about health, sex, and family planning.

Phone: (800) 230-7526
LA Condom

You can request free male or female condoms to be mailed to you. You can also learn the right way to put on a condom.

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Mental Health icon   Get Tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Young people under the age of 25 have the highest rates for most STDs—so get tested and ask your boyfriend or girlfriend to also get tested before you decide to have sex.

In California, if you're 12 or older, you don't need permission from your parent or guardian to get tested for STDs and HIV or receive treatment. LA County Public Health STD Clinics (and other organizations) offer free, confidential STD testing and treatment. You can find walk-in clinics (without an appointment) or visit mobile clinics that may be near you. You can even get a free testing kit mailed to your home.

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Protect Yourself with STD Information and Testing Resources
Los Angeles County STD Hotline (800) 758-0880   

California Department of Public Health HIV Hotline (800) 367-AIDS  
(800) 367-(2437)

Los Angeles County Mobile Testing Locations and Hours
Phone: (213) 351-8177
Los Angeles County STD Testing Clinics

Free STD Testing Kit Mailed to Your Home

Los Angeles County STD Information for Youth

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Mental Health icon   Come Out to Your Doctor and Talk About Sexual Health

Coming out to your doctor is an important step. There are important health issues that are unique to LGBTQ youth that you should discuss with your health care provider.

We’ve listed some resources for LGBTQ health concerns on the Health Care & Clinics page and the Healthy Living page of this website. There’s also more organizations and information below. Be sure to also review the advice on this page about talking to your partner about sex, discussing your sex life with your doctor, and getting tested for STDs.
LGBTQ Youth: Educate Yourself with Safe Sex Resources
IMPACT Program: The LGBT Health and Development Program, Northwestern University

Learn about your unique sex education needs, topics that wouldn’t be discussed in an average sex education class.


This website provides sex education for LGBTQ youth in Spanish
CDC Fact Sheet: What Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Need to Know
About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The CDC is part of the federal government. This agency provides health and safety information to individuals, health care providers, scientists, and educators.

YouthResource.org is a website created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people.

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Links: More HealthyTransitionsLA.org Resources
Parenting Resources icon   Are you a new parent or preparing to become one?

Click here to go to the Parenting Resources page of this website to read more..

Drug Alcohol Smoking icon   Using alcohol or drugs can cause you to make bad choices, including having sex when you’re not ready. It can also make it harder to speak up when it’s time to talk about birth control and STD prevention.

Click here to go to the Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking page of this website and read more.

Preventing Abuse Violence icon   The decision to have sex is yours and yours alone. Are you or is someone you know experiencing sexual abuse or exploitation?

Click here to go to the Preventing Abuse & Violence page of this website and read more.

Health Care icon   Are you looking for a LGBTQ-friendly doctor? Do you have a great doctor but you’re not sure about how to come out to them?

Click here to go to the Health Care & Clinics page of this website and read more.

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