SMYAL offers several sexual health services.
- Condom distribution
- STI screenings
- HIV testing
- PrEP and PEP referrals
In accordance with DC law, individuals 13 years and older can be tested for HIV without parental consent. Those 15 years or older can receive PReP and PEP referrals and treatments without parental consent.
These services are reflective of SMYAL’s commitment to providing accessible, youth-focused reproductive justice options to young LGBTQ+ people in the DC Metropolitan region. Check out the links below for more resources and information.
According to SisterSong, an organization founded to center the experiences and voices of indigenous women, trans people, and women of color, reproductive justice can be defined as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.
For more information about the importance of reproductive justice, as well as more resources about PrEP, HIV testing, and STI prevention, check out the links below!
“What is Reproductive Justice?”
In their video, “What is Reproductive Justice?” Jammvlogs unpacks the definition and importance of reproductive justice. They argue that it is an integral part of any movement for justice because it centers autonomy, agency, and intersectionality.
Let’s Talk About HIV
This page houses Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive resources on HIV and AIDS. Topics range from “What are the symptoms” to “Living with HIV.” They also cover the importance of getting tested regularly in the prevention and treatment of HIV.
What is PrEP, and why should I do it?
- Trying to understand more about what PrEP is and how it works? What is PrEP breaks down the different aspects of PrEP treatment, including an informational video available in both English and Spanish.
- PrEP Facts helps determine whether or not PrEP is right for you. The website also has a Spanish language version available.