Bi+ Youth: Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Created by BiNet USA / Faith Cheltenham

Today Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) focuses on the sexual and reproductive health needs and disparities of bisexual+ youth. Bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, no label) youth are in critical need of programs, services, and resources that can improve their overall sexual health and well-being.

Several research studies have found that:

Bisexual+ youth need more inclusive, comprehensive sexuality and safer sex education that addresses all of their intersections. They also need to be connected with social support systems, safe spaces, resources, and services that can help improve their health. Building bisexual+ and transgender* competency among health care providers and physicians can also lead to improved care for these youth. Overall, more work is needed to connect bisexual+ youth with culturally and clinically competent sexual and reproductive healthcare at school and within their communities.

Today’s Featured Resources: Did you know that March 10th is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day? The #BestDefense is a good offense for bisexual+ youth! Learn more here. Also, here are 10 health topics for bisexual+ youth to discuss with their healthcare providers, including HIV/AIDS, safer sex, & STIs.

Adison, age 21: You are the holder of your own desire, your own pleasure and your own peace. Allow them to flow freely, in whichever directions they pull, so long as you do it with love, with respect, with intention – so long as you are willing to live, to learn, and to grow into the person you are meant to become and the relationships you are meant to share. Also, be mindful of false justifications. You do not have to justify your existence or your identity by buying into traditional notions of monogamy, family, or normative ways of doing/having sex. You are free to exist and to explore as you truly are – experienced or new, vanilla or kink, poly or not, silly or sweet – as long as it’s safe and consensual.

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