Writes of Passage

Welcome to Writes of Passage, a blog written for adolescents, young adults, and the people who care about them. This blog is dedicated to safe transitions, surviving adolescence, and promoting health and happiness on the path to adulthood.

Sexual Health for Girls who like Girls

Sexual Health for Girls who like Girls

“I don’t need to be tested for STDs, I only date other girls,” is a statement I hear at least once a week in clinic from an adolescent or young adult female.  There are lots of statistics, clinical practice guidelines, and overall medical attention surrounding health consequences of men who have sex with men, but what about these patients? Don’t the ladies deserve some attention?

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“Dear Evan Hansen”: a musical way to raise awareness about suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month (this year’s hashtags are #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree if you want to check out social media to find events going on in your area).  This blog already discussed one media sensation about suicide, the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why.  You may think that one media juggernaut dealing with suicide is enough, but you would be wrong.  Enter the Broadway musical.

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Smoking: The Movies vs. Real Life

Think about some of your favorite movies. Were the characters smoking in these movies? Why would I ask such a weird question? Here’s an interesting relationship to ponder: does exposure to smoking in our media lead to increased probability of picking up the habit? The Surgeon General, many researchers, and the leading health organizations say that, for impressionable adolescents, it does.

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