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Teen & Young Adult Health

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For many teens, health concerns can seem difficult to address. Maybe you feel completely healthy. Or maybe you're stressed but unsure when it's time to talk to a doctor about it. Even if you feel fine, it’s important to see a nurse practitioner or doctor at least once a year. We can find health problems that you can’t see or feel. We can also help you stay healthy, inside and out.

Depressed or overwhelmed? We can help you better handle the pressures of school, home and friends, too.

Care for Teens & Young Adults at UVA Health Children's

At the Teen and Young Adult Health Center, we provide:

  • General healthcare for patients from ages 13-25
  • Immunizations
  • Evaluation and treatment of teen mental health issues
  • Acne treatment and skin problems
  • Reproductive healthcare, including prenatal care
  • Low-cost physicals
  • Sports physicals — bring a completed sports physical form (PDF)

We also consult on children younger than 13 for areas where we can offer particular expertise. That includes problems like eating disorders as well as precocious puberty. 

Free Resources for Teen Health

Breathing Space Program

It's often hard to talk to your parents about issues like birth control, pregnancy, mental health, sexuality and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). During this free one-on-one office visit, we'll help you figure out ways to talk to your parents about your health.

Emergency Birth Control

We offer free emergency birth control, which should be used within five days of unprotected sex. (Remember, Plan B isn't as effective as regular birth control and doesn't protect you against sexually transmitted infections.)

A view of the outside of UVA's Teen and Young Adult Health Center.

A Clinic For Unique Needs

Our Teen and Young Adult Health Center provides primary care for teenagers and young adults up to age 25. We're specially trained to work with adolescents and help young adults with the unique challenges they face.

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Your Privacy as a Teen or Young Adult

You can come to your appointment alone or bring your parents with you.

When possible, we'll respect your wishes to keep your care private. But we also believe it's important to include an adult you trust when you're making important decisions. We can help you find ways to talk to the adults you trust. 

Under Virginia law, as a teenager, you can consent to receive care like an adult for issues related to:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Birth control
  • Pregnancy 
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections

For all other care, your parents must give consent.

UVA Health Children's doesn't discriminate, exclude, or treat differently patients or visitors based on their race, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

UVA Health Children's is a community of healing, compassion, inclusion, and respect for all. Discrimination and prejudice have no place here. See our non-discrimination policy.

For Parents

You don’t have to do it alone.

  • We want you to use us as a resource for advice and to feel confident you’re doing what’s best for your teen.
  • We welcome parents who are actively involved in their children’s health and well-being.
  • We respect our young patients’ wishes for privacy. But for issues like substance abuse and sex, we encourage our patients to always confide in their parents or adults they trust.

Get Your Teen Vaccinated Against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for everyone ages 6 months and up. To make an appointment, call us or schedule online.