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Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Position Paper from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2014
Recognizing it is critical to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people from both a health and a human rights perspective, this paper includes positions and recommendations to improve the SRH of adolescent and young adult populations.

Providing Quality Family Planning Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Population Affairs, 2014
These recommendations describe how to provide family planning services so that individuals can achieve their desired number and spacing of children, increase the chances that a baby will be born healthy, and improve their health even if they choose not to have children. Recommendations address services available for female and male clients as well as specifications for providing services to adolescents.

Bright Futures: Promoting Healthy Sexual Development and Sexuality
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008
Bright Futures provides detailed information on well-child care for health care practitioners. Theme 8 focuses on promoting healthy sexual development and sexuality.

2013 UK National Guideline for Consultations Requiring Sexual History-taking
Clinical Effectiveness Group of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, 2013
These guidelines provide guidance for best practice in consultations requiring taking a sexual history and offers recommendations on best practice regarding taking a sexual history for both men and women, including adolescent patients.

Adolescent Health Risk Behavior Assessment
Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium, 2013
The guidelines are focused on key assessment components of adolescent health risk behavior to improve outcomes. The guidelines help providers assess adolescent health risk behaviors including sexual behaviors and foster positive communication between the patient and parents or a trusted adult.

Young Women

The Initial Reproductive Health Visit
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2014
The initial visit for screening and the provision of reproductive preventive health care services and guidance should take place between the ages of 13 and 15 years. This Committee Opinion (No. 598) provides guidance on the scope of the initial visit.  

Gynecologic Examination for Adolescents in the Pediatric Office Setting
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010/Reaffirmed 2013
This report promotes the inclusion of the gynecologic examination in the primary care setting within the medical home and reviews the gynecologic examination, including indications for the pelvic examination in adolescents and the approach to this examination in the office setting. Indications for referral to a gynecologist are also included.

Screening for Cervical Cancer
U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, 2012
These recommendations regarding screening for cervical cancer in female adolescents and young adults apply to women who have a cervix, regardless of sexual history.

Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Women with Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, 2009
This consensus provides evidence-based guidelines for the management of women with abnormal cervical cancer screening tests, with special recommendations for treatment of adolescent females.

Menstruation in Girls and Adolescents: Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2006/Reaffirmed 2009
This Committee Opinion (No. 349) affirms the position that using the menstrual cycle as an additional vital sign adds a powerful tool to the assessment of normal development and the exclusion of serious pathologic conditions.

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency in Adolescents and Young Women
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2014
There is no consensus on criteria to identify primary ovarian insufficiency in adolescents, and delay in diagnosis is common. Health care providers who make this clinical diagnosis should be mindful of the sensitive nature of this medical condition. This Committee Opinion (No. 605) provides recommendations on counseling, treatment, evaluation, and referrals.

Young Men

Preventive Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care: Recommendations for Clinical Practice
Male Training Center for Family Planning and Reproductive Health, 2014
These guidelines describe best practice recommendations for the organization and delivery of preventive clinical sexual and reproductive health services for reproductive-aged males. This document is intended for all levels of staff in clinical settings that offer services for male clients from adolescence through adulthood.

Male Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011
This report discusses specific issues related to male adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health care in the context of primary care. Pediatricians are encouraged to address male adolescent sexual and reproductive health on a regular basis.

The Male Genital Examination: A Position Paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2012
This position paper recommends that, despite the lack of evidence supporting screening for testicular cancer, the genital examination should be included as part of a male’s routine physical examination, as well as when a male patient presents with genital complaints.
Screening for Testicular Cancer
U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, 2011
These recommendations for screening for testicular cancer apply to all adolescent and adult males.

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