ACT for Adolescent Health provider resources

What Do Youth Say about STI Risk?
What Are They Thinking? Social and Personal Pressures on Young People's Sexual Decisions

ACT for Youth

What do adolescents and young adults have to say about the norms, attitudes, and beliefs that impact their risk of STIs? ACT for Youth reviewed interview, focus group, and survey research to find out.
What Do Black Youth Tell Us about Rising STI Rates?

ACT for Youth

This article focuses on how heterosexual Black American youth, who comprise one of the groups disproportionately affected by STIs, describe factors that influence their sexual health.
Overviews and Prevalence
Overviews and Prevalence
Conference Recordings

2020 STD Prevention Conference
Session Recordings
National Coalition of STD Directors

In May, the National Coalition of STD Directors made recordings of its Fall 2020 conference freely available on its website. Dozens of presentations cover a rich variety of topics, such as reframing sexual health; racism as a public health issue; a debate on whether app-based dating increases STI risk; and the keynote "Naked and Afraid: Why We May Need to Disrobe and Expose Flawed Systems, Institutions, and People if We Are Serious About Disrupting STI Epidemics and Disparities in Sexual Health." Several sessions are specific to the care of adolescents.

Patient Care and Counseling
CDC 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines Webinar

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In December 2020 the CDC Division of STD Prevention hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the proposed updates to CDC’s 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines. The webinar is available in several formats.

Why (and How) Providers Should Get Consent in the Exam Room

Bedsider Providers

Obtaining consent for an exam does not need to mean having a patient sign a lengthy consent form before a pelvic exam is performed. It does involve asking and waiting for verbal permission to touch. This article provides a few practical examples of how you can incorporate the language of explicit consent in the exam room.
Sexual Health: Tools for Providers

National Coalition for Sexual Health

The National Coalition offers a guide to help health care providers better integrate sexual health conversations and recommended preventive services into routine visits with adolescents and adults. Additional tools include Sexual Health Questions to Ask All Patients, pocket cards, and a 2021 compendium of resources for providers.
Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI): Sexual Health
AHI, Michigan Medicine

AHI offers an array of tools to help providers and health centers deliver strengths-based sexual health care to adolescents. Topics include confidentiality, strengths-based approaches, chlamydia screening, HPV vaccinations, and more.

Say It with Research: 4 Ways to Deliver Effective STD Messaging for Youth


This short article covers researched-based approaches for communicating with young people about STIs.
MSM Sexual Health Standards
of Care

National Coalition of STD Directors and collaborators

To help clinicians address disparities, these standards illustrate the highest quality of sexual health care for men who have sex with men.
TelePrEP and Tele-STI Care: Optimizing Safer Sex in the Pandemic

National LBGTQIA+ Health Education Center

This webinar addresses what is known about sexual behavior during the pandemic and what constitutes safer sex in the COVID-19 era. The talk contextualizes pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) as part of a sexual harm reduction strategy and discusses models for remote PrEP delivery and clinical monitoring. Practical issues, such as STI screening and reimbursement, are also discussed.
Addressing HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among LGBTQ People: A Primer for Health Centers

National LBGTQIA+ Health Education Center

Health center clinicians can help address HIV and STIs among LGBTQ people by screening appropriately based on a comprehensive sexual history, providing culturally appropriate safer sex counseling, and offering biomedical prevention strategies, such as vaccinations and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP).
School-Based Health

Delivering Adolescent Sexual Health Services During COVID-19
National Coalition of STD Directors

On April 20, 2021, the National Coalition of STD Directors and School-Based Health Alliance partnered to present a webinar highlighting approaches for providing inclusive, safe, and supportive care during COVID-19.

Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services

National Coalition of STD Directors and CAI

This referral system implementation kit was developed for staff members from state and local education agencies, such as Health Program Coordinators, Managers, and Administrators. This kit will serve as a framework for a standardized approach for developing and implementing a sexual health services referral system in your districts and/or schools.

Continuing Education
National STD Curriculum
University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center

The National STD Curriculum website offers online modules covering common STDs. Free CNE/CME credits are available.

STI Prevention and Treatment (2020)

National LBGTQIA+ Health Education Center

In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health conference, Dr. Ken Mayer discusses the epidemiology of syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STIs among LGBTQIA+ populations, summarizes optimal STI screening strategies, and outlines approaches to integrating STI control in primary care.
Taking an Affirming Sexual History (2020)

National LBGTQIA+ Health Education Center

In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Sexual and Gender Minority Health conference, Julie Thompson describes barriers to care experienced by LGBTQIA+ communities, provides recommendations for talking about sex and bodies with cultural humility, and outlines a trauma-informed approach to care.
Practicing in New York State
Right of Minors to Consent for STD and HIV Services: New York State

New York State Department of Health

This letter to NYS health care providers describes the right of minors to consent for STD and HIV prevention and treatment services without consent or knowledge of the parents or guardian.
What Health Care Providers Need to Know about Partner Services

New York State Department of Health

Partner Services is a free and confidential NYS health department program that assists in linking persons diagnosed with STDs and/or HIV and their partners to testing, treatment, medical care, prevention interventions and/or other support.
FAQ: STI Billing and Minor's Consent to Prevention Services and HIV-related Services

New York State Department of Health

Updated in November 2019, this document describes the current regulatory landscape with respect to STI testing and treatment in New York State.
Partner Services Frequently Asked Questions for Patients Diagnosed with HIV/STD

New York State Department of Health

Here, NYSDOH provides answers to questions patients have about the partner notification program.
COVID Testing Blitz Undermined Screening, Fight Against STDs

Associated Press

After an unprecedented push to test and track COVID-19, public health workers are grappling with a worrisome side effect: a collapse in screening for sexually transmitted diseases that have been on the rise for years.
This newsletter was developed with funding provided by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the ACT for Youth Center for Community Action and do not necessarily represent the views of the New York State Department of Health.
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