Sexual Health Program
The Sexual Health Program consists of three initiatives developed to promote sexual and reproductive health. Each program incorporates education, outreach and referrals to additional services.
The Counseling, Treatment, Referral and Linkage (CTRL) program provides HIV, STD, and pregnancy testing, risk reduction counseling, pregnancy options counseling, and support to ensure linkages to health care services. All services are provided free of charge to youth ages 11 to 24 years old. Both males and females are welcomed and encouraged to participate in CTRL services.
Testing Days and Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-6 PM at LAYC's anchor site (1419 Columbia Road, NW) on the 3rd Floor. STI treatment and birth control dispensed by a nurse practitioner every Wednesday.
The Sexual Wellness Advocacy by Teens (SWAT) Program aims to create an "army" of youth who are trained as health outreach workers to promote healthy sexuality and reproductive health, including HIV/STI and unplanned pregnancy prevention. In addition to increasing participants' own knowledge of these topics and how to communicate key information to their peers, the program aims to establish a culture of openness and self respect around sexual and reproductive health among LAYC youth and contribute to decreasing HIV and STI incidence and pregnancy among youth in Washington DC.
Project STRIPES aims to create a supportive space for LGBTQ youth, deepen LAYC's overall ability to provide appropriate services to LGBTQ youth, and expand LAYC's capacity to provide targeted outreach and prevention education on HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI), pregnancy and substance abuse prevention.