Aug 3, 2011 2:58 PM by David Ortiviz

Clinic offers free services for sexually active teens

Health leaders in Pueblo want teenagers to make smarter decisions when it comes to having sex. A recent study in Pueblo found teens often don't know where to go for birth control or information about relationships and sex.

The Pueblo City-County Health Department runs a family planning clinic that offers free and confidential services. Teenagers can receive condoms and birth control, The clinic also offers testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

Health workers also spend a lot of time talking with teens about abstinence and practicing safe sex. "I don't think it's giving the message that it's taken lightly or just go ahead and get on birth control and then you can have sex," said Lynn Procell, Associate Director of Community Health Services at the Pueblo City-County Health Department. "I think that once they've come to us, they've usually made that decision--they're already sexually active and we want to be sure they're getting good information."

The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The health department is located at 101 W. 9th St. Appointments are recommended. A first time visit can take up to two hours.



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