Key Topics

Key Topics

Sexual Health

Sexual health is bigger than a handful of “risky” activities. And it’s more complex than the physical changes and urges associated with puberty. Sexual health results from having safe opportunities to explore loving and respectful relationships; get support from caring adults to navigate the physical, emotional, and social changes that come with changing bodies; and learn self-care skills.

This compilation from the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital includes guides for young women on sexual health topics such as contraception, STIs, LGBTQ health, and puberty.

A companion site to the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital speaks to young men, offering information on sexual health topics such as contraception, STIs, LGBTQ health, and puberty.

This report from SIECUS calls for public support for disability-inclusive sex education. It addresses the significant gaps that youth with disabilities often experience in receiving the developmentally-appropriate, comprehensive sex education.

This organization seeks to prevent unplanned pregnancy by setting up young people to plan and pursue the future they want. The #TalkingIsPower campaign is meant to spark conversations between young people and their champions. Check out their library of resources, state profiles, and data on pregnancy, birth trends, and outcomes.

This article in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 68 (1) (Oct 2020) is a literature review of three decades of research on school-based programs and catalogs the evidence of comprehensive sex education’s effectiveness.