This website is designed to find health and other resources for young people in Baltimore. Y2Connect.org is an initiative under Project Connect Baltimore. This project is led by a team dedicated to improving the health of adolescents and young adults in Baltimore City.
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For Teens/Young Adults
If you’re a teen, there are a lot of great websites with tools and information to help you get healthy and stay healthy. Check out the links on this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website for important information for teens.
Birth control information at your fingertips. KnowWhatUWant.org was developed by the Baltimore City Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
While sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect individuals of all ages, STIs take a particularly heavy toll on young people. CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. The resources on the CDC website provide information about the impact of STIs on youth.
The Don't Think Know Home Test Kit is a way to get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea anywhere in Los Angeles County (California). The test kit is for females in Los Angeles County ages 12 to 25 who are sexually active or have had sex in the past.
An interactive sexual health website created with and for Alaska youth. On this site, get accurate sexual health information, ask experts questions, order condoms, and listen to other youth speak abouth sexual health issues.
TeenSource.org, an online resource developed by the California Family Health Council, was launched in July 2001 as a resource for teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24.
Sex, Etc. is published by Answer, a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults in their lives
Sex Ed for the Real World: Inclusive, comprehensive and smart sexuality information and help for teens and 20s.
Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University - a division of Columbia Health.
Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Education & Testing Information
NNii provides up-to-date, science-based information to healthcare professionals, the media, and the public: everyone who needs to know the facts about vaccines and immunization.
The Center is an educational entity that exists to help teen girls and young women, their parents, teachers, and healthcare providers improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of spcific diseases and conditions.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
The American Sexual Health Association is a trusted source of reliable information on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases/infections.
Arm yourself with basic information about STDs: How are these diseases spread? How can you protect yourself? What are the treatment options? Learn the answers to these questions by reading the STD Fact Sheets.
Find free, fast, and confidential testing near you. The National HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Testing Resources website is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This website provides users with locations for HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing and STD and hepatitis vaccines around the United States.
Gay, Bisexual, and Other MSM
Sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at greater risk for getting STIs and HIV. This CDC fact sheet tells gay, bisexual and other MSM what they need to know about STIs.
Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Women who have sex with women (WSW) are at risk for STIs. Lesbian and bisexual women can transmit STIs to each other through skin-to-skin contact, mucosa contact, vaginal fluids, menstrual blood, and sharing sex toys.
Some women who have sex with women (WSW), particularly adolescents, young women, and women with both male and female partners, might be at increased risk for STIs and HIV as a result of certain behaviors.
Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. For more information, visit this CDC website.