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Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

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Our Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) program at Children’s Health℠ provides comprehensive patient care that considers the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual needs for male and female patient’s ages 11 to 21 years of age.

As specialists, we do not replace the primary care provider (PCP), but serve as an additional resource to promote adolescent health. Patients are seen for consultation when referred by their private physician.

No problem is too serious. No question is too embarrassing. We’ve seen it all, and we’re here for teens. Teen health is our specialty!

Conditions and Treatments

 

Confidentiality

The AYA Clinic respects the adolescent’s right to confidentiality. With most adolescents, we will speak to the patient alone at some point during each visit to provide opportunities to privately address sensitive issues. However, we sincerely value and promote strong relationships between parents and their children and make every effort to keep parents involved in all aspects of their adolescent’s health care. In partnership with parents, we educate and work with adolescents to help build self-esteem, knowledge and skills to help them make positive choices as they face the challenges of today’s world.

A parent or guardian must provide a general consent for a minor to be treated in our clinic and should be available on site or by phone to consent for any procedures or vaccines. According to Texas Law, however, a minor has the right to consent for their own confidential health care in the following situations: testing and/or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy-related care, and treatment for drug or alcohol abuse as well as mental health issues.