San Benito County

Health & Human Services Agency

Hollister, California

Adolescent Health

LGBTQ+ Youth


Sexual Health

Knowing what healthy relationships are in regards to sex is at the foundation of adolescent sexual health.  Relationships can affect physical and emotional health. For teens and young adults, making decisions about sex is a huge responsibility and includes knowing about the changing body, consent, birth control methods, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other infections. 

Whether you choose to have sex or wait, responsibility includes knowing about consent for yourself and other people you choose to engage with.  If you are confused about consent, check out this video and imagine instead of sex you’re making a cup of tea..

Birth control, or contraception, is used to prevent pregnancy. The most effective forms of birth control are obtained from a healthcare provider. The diagram below from UCSF and Bedsider provides a brief summary about some types of birth control and their effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. For more information, visit the CDC’s website on contraception and birth control information for parents of adolescents.

There are more than 20 different types of STDs that are spread from person-to-person,
usually during sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Some STDs do not cause any
symptoms, but without treatment can cause long-term health issues.  The most assured way to avoid STDs is to not
have sex.  However, if you choose to have
sex, practicing some of these “safer sex” options may reduce your risk of STDs:

·        Use condoms – condoms can help prevent STDs

Male and female condoms are available for FREE at:
San Benito County Public Health Services
351 Tres Pinos Rd. Suite A-202
Hollister, CA 95023
Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM

·        Get tested for STDs before having sex

·        Have sex with only one person who has sex only with you (mutual monogamy)

·        Get the HPV vaccine, this is an option for people between the ages of 9 and 26 years

·        Do not mix alcohol or drugs with sex, thinking clearly allows us to make safer

Substance Abuse

The most commonly used substances by teens are alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco, but there are numerous other drugs that can also have immediate and long-term health effects.  Substance use can affect the growth and development of adolescents. The earlier teens begin using substances the greater their odds of developing substance use problems later in life are. 

For more information on opioids, visit our Parent Resources and Teen Resources pages from the San Benito County Opioid Task Force

Language Translation Disclaimer
Best viewed withGoogle Chrome and Firefox. Our Agency’s website links to Google Translation as a convenience for those who speak/read languages other than English.  Please be aware that no automated or computerized translation tool produces a perfect translation.  The context of the wording may be lost when translated and some translations may lose the intended meaning. Therefore, the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translated content. 
If any  questions arise concerning the translated version of the website, please refer to the original English version.
Skip to content