For Young People
Sexuality is a part of who you are as a person. It is how you feel about your body, whether you feel masculine or feminine or somewhere in between, the way you dress, how you move, how you speak, the way you act and feel about other people, who you are attracted to and fall in love in with, and so much more. Whether you’re on your own or sexually involved with someone else, you’re still a sexual person.
Everyone has their own way of expressing their sexuality to others and we each also have our own way of feeling or experiencing it for ourselves. Your sexuality has been and will be a part of you for your entire life. How you express it will change depending on your age and stage of life.
SIECUS wrote a minibook called Talk About Sex especially for teens to help you learn more about sexuality. It’s a book, so it will tell you about a lot of things—sexual rights, anatomy, sexual health, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationships, communication, sexual behavior, sexual response, sexual abuse, pregnancy prevention, and STDs and HIV. But, it’s mini, so there is a lot more information that you will want to find by talking to your parents/guardians, asking your teachers, visiting your healthcare provider, going to the library, or doing research online.
Where can I find more information about sexuality?
Where can I find more information about sexual rights and advocacy?
Where can I find a local sexual health care provider?
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (for information and to find a local gynecologist)
American Urological Association Foundation (for information and to find a local urologist)
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (to find a local family planning clinic)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (for information and to find a local Planned Parenthood center)
American Cancer Society (for information on breast and testicular self exams)
Where can I find more information about sexual orientation and/or gender identity?
The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth; click here for their website for transgender youth
Where can I find more information about sexual abuse?
RAINN also runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which is open 24/7. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673) or click here for the online hotline.
Stop It Now!
Stop It Now! also runs a helpline is open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Eastern time, 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368).
Child Help also runs the Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline, which is open 24/7, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
Where can I find more information about birth control?
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (birth control information)
Emergency Contraception Website (emergency contraception information and providers)
Where can I find more information about STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and HIV?
I Wanna Know Teen Sexual Health Website (STD information)
The American Social Health Association (STD information)
The Body (HIV/AIDS information)
National HIV Testing Resources (to find a local HIV test site)