Everyone goes through changes as they grow up---these changes are normal and can be both exciting and confusing. Many of the changes you are experiencing are sexual---your body is developing into an adult and your feelings can be very strong. Having good information and understanding these changes can make them less confusing.
The more you know about yourself, the more likely you will make decisions that are right for you---especially decisions involving dating, relationships, and sexuality. There are lots of mixed messages about love and sex. Friends, parents, church, television, and magazines may have different ideas about being in love or being sexually active. It is important to get the facts. You are responsible for the choices you make and must be willing to live with the consequences---good or bad.
Don’t be embarrassed or feel pressured into doing anything that you think is “too soon” or “too fast.” There are many ways to show someone you care or that you “fit in” without making yourself uncomfortable or putting yourself at risk for disease or pregnancy.
Talk with your parents or other adults you trust and respect. Many churches, synagogues, and other groups and organizations offer information and support to young people.
If you need to talk to someone confidentially or get more information, call an agency below.
Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals (HATCH)
Provides a safe social environment for gay and lesbian teens ages 13-20.
Montrose Counseling Center
Services include mental health, substance abuse treatment, and case management to gay men, lesbians and individuals with HIV.
Planned Parenthood Teen Clinic
Offers services to teens 19 years old and younger. Free or low-cost exams for birth control, and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections. Day, evening, and Saturday appointments.
To find a clinic near you, call 1-800-230-PLAN