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What do healthy relationships look like?

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Healthy Relationships Good relationships are fun and make you feel good about yourself. The relationships that you make in your youth years will be a special part of your life and will teach you some of the most important lessons about who you are. Truly good relationships take time and energy to develop. All relationships […]

What is sexual health —what it is and how to take care of yours

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Understanding Sexual health Sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. It is an important part of our physical and emotional health. Being sexually healthy means: Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior. Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all […]

How to communicate in a relationship

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How to communicate in a relationship Talking openly makes relationships more fun and satisfying; especially when you both communicate about each other’s needs for physical, emotional, mental and sexual health. You can’t expect a partner to know what you want and need unless you tell them. The simple fact is that none of us is […]

Talking to your parents about sex (yes, your parents)

Talking to your parents About sex You probably think that talking to your parents about sex is impossible. But lots of teens do—in fact 86% of teens reported talking with both parents and extended family about sex. Why? It’s a fact that teens who talk with their parents about sex are less likely to become […]

Talking to your health care provider and getting the sexual health care you need

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talking to a provider About sexual health care For many people, talking to a health care provider (be it a doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant, or whoever you see about your health) about your sexual health can be intimidating. You might feel embarrassed about the questions that you have; you might not want to admit to […]

FDA Approves Two Dose Schedule for HPV Vaccine

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Kids and young teens can now be protected against HPV with just two doses of vaccine instead of three—incentive to get vaccinated early! On October 12, 2016 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a 2-dose schedule for Merck’s Gardasil-9® HPV vaccine for males and females ages 9-14. Gardasil® 9® covers protects against 9 types […]