WHAT IS TEEN MATTERS?
The teenage years are a time of big changes. You’re going through physical, social, and emotional changes, and navigating them can sometimes feel overwhelming.
We are a safe, friendly and confidential health clinic exclusively for young people – a place where anyone age 11 through 19 can get free help with medical issues that matter to them. But, that’s not all – your well being is also important. Our clinics welcome all young people – straight, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, or questioning. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We will always respect your patient privacy.
If you have questions and/or are curious about what’s going on with your changing body, navigating new types of relationships, help with decision making, nutrition or exercise – we are a no judgment zone and we want you to feel comfortable talking with any of our staff about any questions or concerns.
Teen Matters has seven clinics located in five counties: two in Athens, one in Commerce, in Danielsville, Jefferson and Elberton. There is also a Teen Matters affiliated teen clinic called ACES in Monroe.
All our services are FREE. They include, but are not limited to:
- teen friendly health education
- birth control options (implant, IUDs, Depo, pill, to name a few) and Plan B emergency contraception
- pregnancy testing
- 1-minute HIV testing and STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment
- immunizations (including the HPV vaccine for girls and boys)
WHY CHOOSE US?
Young people stop in at Teen Matters for a variety of reasons: supporting a friend, grabbing some condoms, choosing birth control, getting tested for STIs, or even just gathering information and asking questions. Visiting Teen Matters means you care about your health and well-being.
One misconception about Teen Matters is that everyone who visits our clinic is having sex.
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 Teen Matters.
In fact, it’s a good idea to visit us before you become sexually active. Our Nurses and Health Educators can answer your questions, and give you the tools and information you want so that you can make decisions about your body and health that feel right for you.
We know that sometimes young people don’t feel comfortable or safe talking to their parents or guardians about sex. Although we welcome and encourage parental involvement, we will never require a parent/guardian’s permission for you to be seen, and we will never discuss your visit or treatment with anyone without your express permission.
We hope to see you soon!