WHAT IS TEEN MATTERS?
Teen Matters is a public health clinic that provides confidential health services for young people ages 11 to 19 in a teen-friendly environment. We have five clinics located in four counties (two in Athens, one in Danielsville, Commerce and Elberton), plus a related teen clinic called ACES in Monroe.
Our services include several birth control options (implant, IUDs, Depo-Provera shot, pills), Plan B emergency contraception, condoms, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI), 1-minute HIV testing, pregnancy tests and immunizations (including the HPV vaccine for girls and boys). Plus, you can get relationship advice, nutrition and exercise information, help with decision-making and abstinence education. And the best part is, it’s all for FREE!
WHO USES TEEN MATTERS?
A lot of young people come to support their friends who use our services. Some come in for information they may be too nervous or embarrassed to ask their parents, grandparents – sometimes even friends, about. Others will stop by just to talk about what’s on their mind. However, most young people we see at TM come to protect their health.
You don’t have to be sexually active to be seen at Teen Matters and you shouldn’t assume that someone is having sex just because you’ve seen them go to TM. In fact, it’s a good idea to visit us before you start having sex so you can talk with our health educators. Health educators will help you make smart decisions about your sexual health and safety, make sure you know your risks, options, and how to protect yourself, your partner and your future. We’re here for you and you can ask us anything.
Yes, really…anything. Don’t worry. We’ve probably heard or been asked that lots of times.
A lot of young people worry we will tell their parents (grandparents, big brother or sister…) that they visited Teen Matters or used our services. But you shouldn’t – it’s against state and federal law for us to inform anyone (including parents) that you’ve visited Teen Matters or used our services unless you give us written permission.
Although we welcome and encourage parental involvement, we know that not everyone feels safe or comfortable talking to their parents about sex or what’s going on with their bodies. We will always respect your patient privacy.