Family Planning and STI Services
Family planning includes a broad range of services related to achieving pregnancy, preventing pregnancy, and assisting women, men, and couples with achieving their desired number and spacing of children. Federally funded Title X family planning clinics offer free or low-cost sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and contraceptive services for all who want and need them. By law, priority is given to persons from low-income families. Adolescents and others can find a Title X funded clinic by Zip Code.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be passed from one person to another during sex. STIs are also called sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. Some STIs and related conditions are caused by bacteria or parasites, while other STIs are viral and can be prevented with vaccines. Locate a clinic that offers low-cost HIV testing and prevention counseling, STI testing, and vaccines to prevent infections, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis.
Learn more about family planning and STIs
OPA’s Reproductive Health section has information on preventing pregnancy, understanding fertility, preventing HIV, and more.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Condom Effectiveness
- CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health – Protective Factors for LGBTQ Youth: Information for Health and Education Professionals
- CDC Division of STD Prevention – Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- MyHealthfinder – STD Testing: Conversation Starters
- MTV and CDC – GYT (Get Yourself Tested)
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration – Birth Control Chart
Services for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
The federally funded Title V program seeks to improve the health of all mothers and children (including children with special healthcare needs), by assessing needs, setting priorities, and providing programs and services. Visit the Title V Information System to learn more about Title V programs in your state or region.
Home visiting programs provide health, child protection, early education, and social services based on the needs of a family. Nurses, social workers, and other professionals meet with at-risk families in their homes, evaluate the families’ circumstances, and connect families to the services that they need in areas such as healthcare, child development, parenting skills, child abuse prevention, and nutrition. Find a Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
Learn more about parenting and baby health
- Health Resources & Services Administration – Find a Health Center
- Text4Baby (receive text messages on topics such as prenatal care, baby health, parenting, and more)
- Baby’s First Test – Living with Conditions
- Bright Futures – Resources for Families
It is important for pregnant and parenting teens to continue their education. It is also critical for their children to develop the cognitive, social, and emotional skills necessary for kindergarten. Exploring programs for pregnant and parenting teens and programs that promote school readiness to improve the outlook for both generations.