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the TeenAIDS Peer Corps
This site about HIV and AIDs specifically targets teens. A
variety of interactive features includes the opportunity to
post your questions about AIDs transmission, a discussion
forum about AIDs-related issues, and online surveys. In addition
to basic AIDs information, the site includes links to foreign
statistics, Harvard-based research, and more. In the "Visual
Aids" section you'll find video clips to download, online
comics, & "The Teen Art Corner." Suggestions
on ways teens can work against AIDs in their own communities
round out the site.
for Positive Sexuality
Its stridently non-judgemental approach toward sexuality sets
this in-your-face site apart from the others, and could offend
some teens. For instance, the editors state "We chose
words for this guide that we use when we talk about sex with
our friends. We're not doctors and we don't pretend to be,
so pardon our French." On the plus side, you'll find
detailed info. on a variety of topics pertaining to sexaulity:
birth control, AIDs and other STDs, pregnancy, abortion, sexual
orientation, respecting yourself and others, alternatives
to intercourse, and much, much more. A moderated (READ: no
porn or abusing others allowed) forum is provided where teens
can discuss their concerns online.
Sponsored by MTV, this web site offers the same clear, teen-relevant
information MTV is known for in its other venues. Facts about
birth control and STDs are in plain, unvarnished, and straightforward
language. There are articles on communicating with partners,
safe and responsible sex, and where to go for help.
This KidsHealth website contains important information for
those older kids/young teens who are experiencing the roller
coaster ride of puberty, a time when both your body and mind
are changing. Topics covered are those which pertain to both
genders, and include subjects like menstruation, shaving,
and voice changes.
This searchable site from the American Social Health Organization
offers straightforward information on sexuality issues ranging
from puberty to sexually transmitted diseases, with an emphasis
on feelings and relationships. Interactive features include
a chat room and the "Game Room" (you do need to
download the free plug-in Shockwave before playing the games).
One particularly nice extra, The South Treybourne Diaries,
follows a group of fictional teens as they cope with sexual
for Teens from Planned Parenthood
This searchable site provides sex info. geared to teens, including
articles on birth control, pregnancy, abortion, & STDs,
online polls & quizzes, Hothouse (an e-zine for and by
teens), an advice column you can submit your own questions
to, and a clickable map that helps you locate the nearest
Planned Parenthood Clinic. A particularly nice feature offers
global perspectives on sex, dating, and love.
This site uses a question-and-answer format to provide straightforward
information on the emotional and physical aspects of puberty.
Topics covered include menstruation, male and female physical
development, and sexual feelings, among others. Plenty of
clear, labeled drawings and the opportunity to post your own
questions and receive answers online round out the site.
Though not geared specifically to teens, Romance 101 offers
a wealth of information and advice on the dating scene to
people of all ages. You'll find both serious and humorous
articles on romantic love, online games that you can play
("Valentine Word Word Search" and "Ouija Board
of Love," for instance), famous literary and historical
love letters, romantic poetry, and much, much more.
Etc. : A Website for Teens by Teens
Stating that "We wanted to give teens a place to go in
cyberspace where they could get accurate, up-front information
about their sexuality," the teen editors of this site
provide straightforward articles on male and female sexuality,
birth control, abstinence, STDs, pregnancy, marrying young,
and much, much more. You can search for the topic you're interested
in by keyword or browse the Sex Etc. Library. You can also
post questions & receive answers online or participate
in online surveys. Recommended reading lists and links to
other webpages focusing on sexuality round out the site.
Geared to younger teens, this web site provides complete information
on puberty and the reproductive systems of girls and boys.
There's also material on virginity, birth control methods,
and sexually transmitted diseases.
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