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Abstinence is the Best

The best at what??? It’s the best at keeping you protected from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Abstinence is the only 100% effective method of preventing pregnancy. It is also the only 100% effective method of preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

There are also other good reasons to be abstinent. Here are some as listed on Advocates for Youth

What are the advantages of choosing abstinence?

  • Abstinence is free and available to all.
  • Abstinence is extremely effective at preventing both infection and pregnancy. It is the only 100% effective method of preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy.
  • Abstinence can be practiced at any time in one’s life.
  • Abstinence may encourage people to build relationships in other ways.
  • Abstinence may be the course of action which you feel is right for you and makes you feel good about yourself.

Helpful Links

Check out the following sites for more information about abstinence and its benefits.

Advocates for Youth

Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.


Established in 1936 by philanthropist Alfred I. duPont, is dedicated to improving the health and spirit of children. Today, as part of its continuing mission, Nemours supports the operation of a number of renowned children’s health facilities throughout the nation, including the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Nemours Children’s Clinics throughout Florida. Nemours also supports important clinical research aimed at translating advances in science into practical ways of improving health care for infants, children, and teens

Teen Services


Teen walk in clinic every Wednesday from 3-6pm
If you would like to make an appointment for any of the teen services described on this site, please give us a call at 518-719-3580 and one of us will be glad to help you.

Greene County Family Planning provides, as required by the Title X (Title 10) guidelines, confidential reproductive health care to adolescents. It has been and will continue to be the policy of Greene County Family Planning to promote and encourage participation and involvement of family members in the counseling and care of adolescents. You are more than welcome to bring a parent or guardian, other adult, friend or partner with you to your visit.

Talking to Parents about Sex

If you would like to talk to your parents about your reproductive health care needs, you may find the following resource helpful: “Wish You Could Talk With Your Parents”

Many of our adolescent clients have been referred here by their parent or some other family member who has received services at Greene County Family Planning.

If you bring someone with you, your confidentiality is still protected. We may not disclose information about you unless we have your consent. We are mandated child abuse reporters, so if a minor (a person under the age of 18) tells us they are being abused or neglected by their parent or guardian, we must report that to the Child Abuse Hotline.

You may receive all of the services available at Greene County Family Planning whether you have discussed this with your parent/guardian or not. To read a brochure titled “Minors Access to Confidential Reproductive Healthcare” click on the following link:
Minors Access to Confidential Reproductive Healthcard

Worried about paying for services?? You could get all of your services for free! Click to learn about the Family Planning Benefit Program.