Clinical Service Goal
Behavioral counseling is recommended for all sexually active adolescents because it’s been shown to increase safer sex behaviors and reduce the likelihood that sexually active adolescents acquire sexually transmitted infections.
Tools & Resources
- Use staffing strategies such as integrating health educators or community health workers as part of the care team to allow more time for counseling and education during a clinical visit
- Help the adolescent consider who they can rely on to help them with their health decisions such as a parent or other trusted adult
- Provide handouts for parents in the waiting room
- Provide a section on the health center website that includes resources for parents