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Adolescents

  • HIV/STI Minor Consent Guidance
    (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, October 2023)
    Local health departments and the clinical community are often used by minors (i.e., persons under the age of 18) to obtain testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. There are emerging services sought by minors for the prevention and treatment for HIV/STIs that are not directly addressed by the law, which was traditionally written for bacterial STIs. This guidance document is for providers to use with their legal counsel to interpret how they may apply these laws to test and treat minors for HIV/STIs.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) - Life Stages and Populations: Adolescents and Young Adults
    (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
    While STIs affect individuals of all ages, they take a particularly heavy toll on young people. CDC estimates that youth ages 15-24 make up just over one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the United States each year. The resources on this page provide information about the impact of STIs on youth, as well as resources for reaching this population.