Be Healthy, Be Safe, Be You! is a multi-month campaign that wants to help you make healthy and safe decisions when it comes to your sexual health. During the campaign look for special discounts and promotions each month! #BeHealthyBeYou
October: Let’s Talk
October is Let’s Talk month. It is a national campaign that encourages teens and their parents to start an open and honest dialogue around sex, sexual health and sexuality.
It may be embarrassing to talk to your parents, but they were young once too. They have had the same experiences you are having and know more than you realize. Talk to them. Let them help you navigate the questions you have.
Nervous about how to bring it up? Here is a tip sheet for talking with your parents about sex and relationships.
Don’t have a parent to talk to? Find a trusted adult to answer your questions. It could be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling, counselor, doctor, or pastor. Having an adult with whom you can have candid conversations is better than going it alone. Sex, sexual health, relationships…they can be pretty complex.
And, remember…it might be just as embarrassing and awkward for your parents or trusted adult to talk to you. Meet them half way and be open with them. It will get you off to a good start. Here is a tip sheet just for parents that you can share with them, as well as some new polling data that may help you start the conversation.
For more on Let’s Talk Month.
NOTE: We always encourage young people to talk to their parents or trusted adult about their sexual health because it is best to frame sex and relationships within a family’s values and beliefs. But, a young person does not have to have his or her parent’s permission in order to access prevention services (such as exams or birth control) or to make an appointment.
Why Be Healthy, Be Safe, Be You?
Teens want information ─ more than three-quarters of teens, aged 15-17, say that they need more information about birth control, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections. And, we know that when teens have the information and education they need, they make better decisions.
And, in Arizona, the statistics show that teens aren’t getting the information they so desperately want in order to make healthy decisions…
- Fifty-two percent (52.6%) of high school seniors reported having sexual intercourse in the past three months.
- Only fifty-nine percent (59%) report using a condom during last sexual intercourse and fifteen percent (15%) did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last intercourse.
- While teen pregnancy rates are declining, Arizona teens are still more likely to become pregnant than most teens across the nation. Arizona is ranked 18th among states for teen pregnancy.
For Health Care
If you want to come to us for health care or to ask your questions about sex and sexual health...we take most major health insurance, as well as AHCCCS. We are also a Title X (ten) provider. With or without insurance, we can provide you with your birth control at your appointment.
To make an appointment, in Phoenix, 602.277.PLAN (7526); in Tucson, 520.408.PLAN (7526); and elsewhere in Arizona, toll-free 855.207.PLAN (7526).