• AAP Reaffirms Support for Condom Use in Adolescents

    Further evidence supports the use of condoms as protection against pregnancy, STIs
    FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports the use of condoms as an effective method of contraception in adolescents, according to a policy statement published online Oct. 28 in Pediatrics.
    Rebecca F. O'Brien, M.D., and colleagues on the AAP Committee on Adolescence, updated a previous policy statement, published in 2001, on condom use by adolescents.
    The researchers note that, despite the decline in rates of sexual activity, pregnancies, and births among adolescents during the past decade, many youth remain at risk for unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Since the last policy statement was released, further evidence has been gathered that supports the use of condoms as protection against STIs, including HIV. Pediatricians should encourage consistent and correct use of condoms by sexually active adolescents to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the risk of STIs. Interventions to make condoms more available or accessible work best when combined with individual, small-group, or community activities that promote safer sex.
    "Continued research is needed to inform public health interventions for adolescents that increase the consistent and correct use of condoms and promote dual protection of condoms for STI prevention with other effective methods of contraception," the authors write.
    Abstract (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/10/23/peds.2013-2821.abstract )Full Text (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/10/23/peds.2013-2821.full.pdf+html )
  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    HeartSHAPE® Test Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.