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Health Care Shortfalls for LGBT Young Women

HBNS STORY | October 28, 2014

Young sexual minority women, including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), were found to have higher elevated odds of adverse health conditions than heterosexual young women. They also have lower odds of receiving a physical or dental examination, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Sexting in Teens Linked to More Sexual Activity, Low Self-Esteem

HBNS STORY | October 7, 2014

Relatively few teens say they have engaged in sexting, but those who do may put themselves at sexual risk, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sexual Risk Behaviors of Hispanic Youth Vary by Language, Place of Birth

HBNS STORY | September 2, 2014

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that the sexual risk behaviors of young Hispanic people living in the U.S. vary considerably with their degree of acculturation.

Confidential Discussions Are Key to Improving Teen Health Visits

HBNS STORY | July 29, 2014

Teens who have the option to privately and confidentially discuss health concerns with their doctor are more likely to talk about certain issues than they would be in discussions where a parent is present, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Pharmacy Staff Frequently Misinform Teens Seeking Emergency Contraception

HBNS STORY | December 19, 2013

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that pharmacy staff frequently give teens misleading or incorrect information about emergency contraception that may prevent them from getting the medication.

Media Coverage of HPV Vaccine Boosts Reports of Adverse Effects

HBNS STORY | November 19, 2013

The number of adverse events reported for the HPV vaccine Gardasil® correlated with an increase in the number of media stories about the vaccine, finds a study in The Journal of Adolescent Health.

It May Not “Get Better” For Bisexual Teens

HBNS STORY | October 1, 2013

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that bisexual teens may be at risk for suicide even into young adulthood.

Emergency Departments Still Missing Signs of Pelvic Disease in Teens

HBNS STORY | June 13, 2013

Despite government efforts to expand diagnostic criteria for pelvic inflammatory disease, ER doctors are not identifying the condition any more often in adolescent girls, finds a new study in Journal of Adolescent Health.

Doctors Don’t Provide Sexual Health Info to Teens

HBNS STORY | June 11, 2013

Most sexually active teens don’t get information about sexual health from their health care providers, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens Experience Both Sides of Dating Violence

HBNS STORY | May 14, 2013

Teens in a relationship that involves dating violence are likely to be both a victim and perpetrator, as opposed to being just one or the other, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

School Grades Go Down When Health Risks Go Up

HBNS STORY | March 26, 2013

Academic performance is linked to risky health behaviors in children and teens, reports a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Condom Use Drops When Young Women Use Hormonal Contraceptives

HBNS STORY | October 9, 2012

Young women who start using hormonal contraceptives for birth control often stop using condoms, but a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that if they later discontinue using hormonal contraceptives, they tend not to resume using condoms, increasing their risk of both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Parents Prefer Some, Often Less-Effective, Birth Control Methods for Teens

HBNS STORY | September 6, 2012

Parents of teen girls are more ready to accept their daughters being offered birth control pills and condoms during doctor visits than other, more effective and long-acting contraceptive methods, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

When Prompted, Fathers Will Talk with Their Kids about Delaying Sexual Activity

HBNS STORY | August 31, 2012

Although mothers are usually the ones who have “the birds and the bees” talks with their children, with targeted prompting and guidance, fathers will also step up to the plate, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Non-Traditional Reproductive Health Resources Reach At-Risk Youth

HBNS STORY | March 20, 2012

A new research review finds that if reproductive health services were more easily accessible, youth would be more likely to use them.

Sexually Abused Boys Engage in More Unsafe Sex

HBNS STORY | March 6, 2012

Boys who are victims of sexual abuse are far more likely to engage in unsafe sexual behavior as teenagers, finds a new review in the current Journal of Adolescent Health.

Girls Who Rely on a Boyfriend for Money Are Less Likely to Use Condoms

HBNS STORY | February 28, 2012

Young women whose boyfriends are their primary source of spending money are more likely to report that their boyfriend never uses condoms than girls who have other sources of cash, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Young Adults Taking the Health Care Reins


Your parents still might be willing to do your laundry, but if you’re over 18, they can’t make your medical decisions. Are you ready to navigate the adult health care system?

HPV Vaccine Does Not Appear to Encourage Risky Sexual Behavior

HBNS STORY | December 13, 2011

Young women who receive recommended vaccinations to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and associated cancers do not engage in more sexually risky behavior, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Black, Hispanic, Poor Young Women Less Likely to Complete HPV Vaccinations

HBNS STORY | August 30, 2011

Barriers that hinder young African-American, Hispanic and poor women from completing a series of three vaccinations to prevent human papillomavirus infection (HPV) also leave them at higher risk for cervical cancer and death.

Sexually Victimized Girls With PTSD Not More Likely to Binge Drink Later

HBNS STORY | July 26, 2011

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common outcome of sexual assault among many teenage girls, but they do not necessarily cope by binge drinking, a new study finds.

Young Adults, Teens Prefer Rapid HIV Testing

HBNS STORY | May 17, 2011

Teens and young adults prefer rapid HIV testing that can deliver results in less than an hour, but some still worry about whether their tests will be confidential.

Parents Want to Talk Sex With Teens, But Fear Advice Falls on Deaf Ears

HBNS STORY | January 6, 2011

Kids learn a great deal about sexuality from friends and the media, but parents and teens agree: Parents should be the most important providers of information about sex and sexuality.

US Teen Births Drop, Still Highest in Developed World

HBNS STORY | September 29, 2010

School STD Programs Have Limited Influence on Teens’ Sexual Behaviors

HBNS STORY | February 23, 2010

Sexual Orientation Affects Risk of Bullying in Teens

HBNS STORY | January 28, 2010