WHAT IS TEEN MATTERS?
Teen Matters clinics provide confidential health services for youth ages 11 to 19 in a teen-friendly environment. We have five locations in four counties (two in Athens, one in Danielsville, one in Jefferson, one in Elberton), plus a related clinic called ACES in Monroe, Georgia.
Services provided include access to free condoms and other forms of birth control (birth control pills, Depo-Provera shot, Nuva ring, Plan B emergency contraception), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV tests, pregnancy tests, pap smears, immunizations (including the HPV/cervical cancer prevention shot), relationship advice, nutrition and exercise advice, help with decision-making, and abstinence education.
We welcome and encourage parental involvement, but parental consent is not required in order to use clinic services.
WHO USES TEEN MATTERS?
Teen Matters is for anyone between the ages of 11 and 19. A lot of young people come to support their friends who use our services, some come to learn how they can stay abstinent, others come just to talk, and some come to play the Wii in the waiting room. And, of course, many come to protect their health and plan for their future by getting exams, condoms, and birth control.
You don’t have to be sexually active to use our services, and you shouldn’t assume that someone is sexually active just because you’ve seen them at Teen Matters. In fact, it’s a good idea to come to Teen Matters before you start having sex so you can talk about it with one of our health educators, who can make sure you know all the risks and options. We’re here for you, and you can ask us anything.
WHAT DOES “CONFIDENTIAL” MEAN?
All of the services at Teen Matters are confidential. But what does “confidential” mean?
A lot of young people worry that we will tell their parents that they have visited Teen Matters or used our services. It is against state law for us to inform parents that you’ve visited Teen Matters or used our services unless you give us written permission.
Although parents are welcome at our clinics and we encourage parental involvement, we know that not every young person feels safe or comfortable talking to his or her parents. We always respect the privacy of our patients, and we don’t share your information with anyone without your permission.