Teen Health Services
The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco) offers medical services, counseling, education and referrals for teens, preteens and young adults. DOH-Pasco provides a safe, friendly, confidential place where young people can get the help they need and learn the facts. Services are free or low cost and no one is turned away because they can't afford to pay.
Florida law requires that we keep all our patients' health information private and confidential, regardless of age. You don’t need a parent or guardian’s permission to get tested for STDs or start birth control. Any care you receive at the DOH-Pasco Teen Clinic cannot be shared with anyone. The only time we have to break confidentiality is if a patient under 18 reports an incident of sexual assault or abuse. In these cases, we are mandatory reporters (just like your teachers and counselors). If we have to report, we can provide support and care throughout the process.
- Free Condoms (PDF 1 MB)
- Birth Control Patch (PDF 128 KB)
- Birth Control Pill (PDF 482 KB)
- Progestin-Only Minipill (PDF 145 KB)
- Progestin-Only Shot (PDF 125 KB)
- Progestin-Only Implant (PDF 139 KB)
- Vaginal Barrier (PDF 136 KB)
- Vaginal Ring (PDF 134 KB)
- Intrauterine Contraception Device (PDF 95 KB)
- Emergency Contraception (PDF 115 KB)
Every year 3 million teens ~ about 1 in 4 sexually active teens ~ get a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).
- In the United States, three out of every four reported cases of gonorrhea were among younger people ages 15 to 29 years. The highest rates of infection are found in 15 to 19 year old females and 20 to 24 year old males.
- Chlamydia is so common that, by age 30, 50 percent of sexually active females have evidence that they have had chlamydia.
- Some studies show that up to 15 percent of sexually active teenage women are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), many with the type of HPV that is linked to cervical cancer.
- The average person's risk of contracting HPV in their lifetime is 80 percent.
- Not all STDs are curable. However, STDs that can be cured can also be contracted again.
STD Health Screenings*
DOH-Pasco offers education and couseling on issues such as: smoking, body piercings, tattoos, self-esteem, abstinence, sexual coercion, domestic/intimate-partner violence and human trafficking.
Health and Sex Education Resources
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Nutrition Information for teens.
- CDC: Sexually Transmitted Diseases– Government website with accurate information on STDs.
- Power to Decide – Website designed to provide information on sexual health and contraceptive methods so young people can make informed decisions.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – National agency offering over 100 programs that provide medical and social services to the public.
- LGBT Youth Resource– Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth
- PACE Center for Girls – PACE Pasco serves girls ages 11 to 17 in the areas of academic improvement, social services and emotional support.
- RAP House Youth Crisis Shelter – Not-for-profit private agency that provides food and temporary housing for youth and families. Call 727-835-1777 or toll free 833-245-8833.
- Sunrise of Pasco County– Local domestic and sexual violence center for women and children. Call 352-521-3120.
- Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)– Youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco.
- 60-Days to Better Health Challenge – Downloadable tool to track your progress of long-term healthy habits.
- Pasco County Sheriff's Office: 727-847-8102
- Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE (962-2873)
- Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1-800-500-1119
- Florida HIV/AIDS English Hotline: 1-800-FLA-AIDS (352-2437)
- Florida HIV/AIDS Spanish Hotline: 1-800-545-SIDA (545-7432)
- Florida HIV/AIDS Creole Hotline: 1-800-AIDS-101 (243-7101)