Teen and Young Adult Health Connection
WISH LIST: $120: 1-year supply of oral contraception; $500: 5 annual exams including pap smears, STI testing, and counseling; $1000: long-term contraception for 5 patients
Here are some sobering facts: the US has – extraordinarily enough – the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the Western world. Four million teens acquire an STI (sexually transmitted infection) annually at a cost of approximately $10 billion ($17 billion when HIV infections are included). By age 25, at least 1 in 3 sexually active people has contracted an STI. Teen and Young Adult Health Connection improves access to critical reproductive health care services for a racially diverse population of at-risk young women and men. Its bilingual staff provides free or low-cost, culturally sensitive care, including physicals and health education; STI testing, counseling, and treatment; pregnancy testing and counseling; contraception, gynecological exams, and vaccinations. The target population is girls as young as 12, and young men and women up to age 35 who are uninsured or underinsured. And the care is desperately needed. Recent budget cuts mean that many local clinics have decreased services, increased prices, or closed. Your support keeps the doors open for teens and young adults who deserve a healthy life.
1400 Spring Street, Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20910