Talking about sex may not be a regular part of your doctor-patient relationship, but it should be. This can be especially true for adolescents and young adults who are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Nearly half of all new STD cases are in young people between the ages of 15 and 24. This video discusses the importance of a healthy dialogue between youth and providers concerning their sexual health, and features CDC Epidemiologist, Elizabeth Torrone, PhD MSPH.
For LGBT youth and young adults in Latino and African American communities, talking about sex can be even more challenging. Watch this episode of Closeted Conversations, "HIV in Perspective: Start Talking. Stop HIV," to hear how community and culture influence health practices and health-seeking behavior, particularly for sexual and reproductive health.