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Teens need credible information on sexual health. Add these to your current list, and check the February 2000 issue of Contraceptive Technology Update, p. 25, for additional sites.
1. Center for Young Women’s Health: www.youngwomenshealth.org/healthinfo.html. Recog-nizing the urgent need for education, clinical care, research, and health care advocacy for adolescent girls and young women, Children’s Hospital of Boston has created its Center for Young Women’s Health Web site. The Web address above offers a listing of patient information sheets written especially for teens on such topics as "Taking Oral Contraceptives for Irregular Periods and Acne" and "A Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." Many of the information sheets are available in English and Spanish.
2. Go Ask Alice! www.goaskalice.columbia.edu. Go Ask Alice! is the health question-and-answer Internet site produced by "Alice!" from Columbia University’s Health Education Program, a division of the New York City-based Columbia University Health Service. It has three primary features: new questions and answers, updated each week; a search engine, which references the thousands of questions answered since the site’s inception; and the "ask" section, which allows questions to be posted to the site. The site defines its mission as "to provide factual, in-depth, straight-forward, and nonjudgmental information to assist readers’ decision making about their physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual health." It is supported by a team of Columbia University health educators and health care providers, along with information and research specialists from health-related organizations worldwide.
3. It’s Your Sex Life: www.itsyoursexlife.com. A public education project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, CA, this Web site offers information for teens on pregnancy and contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and communication.
4. Teen Advice Online: www.teenadvice.org. The mission of Teen Advice Online is to provide support for teen-age problems through a network of peers from around the globe. Comprised of a team of nonprofessionals ages 13 and older, the site offers articles written by peer counselors, as well as an archive of previously answered questions. n