Free Access Clinic for Teens Opens

August  05, 2013

Quad Cities teenagers now have a place to go to talk about their sexual health, free of charge. On Monday, Bethany for Children and Families and Edgerton Women's Health Center  announced the opening of a Free Access Clinic for Teens in Davenport. With the help of grant funding, the walk-in clinic will be open at Edgerton on the first Wednesday of every month.

Bethany's Director for Community Services, Mary Ann McLeod, says the biggest issue for sexual health has always been access to care.

"The benefit is that they will get care," said McLeod. "Often times kids don't want to talk to their parents, whether they're pregnant, or they're sexually active, or sometimes even if they don't know who to talk to. So this is an opportunity for them to talk to an adult that will provide them with the help that they need." 

The clinic will offer birth control counseling, pregnancy testing, and STD testing and treatment.

Edgerton's Director of Community Health Education, Libbet Brooke, says there's already evidence that sexual health among teenagers is improving.

"Our teen birth rate is gradually going down," said Brooke. "So we're feeling very good about that. We know teens are sexually active at a slightly older age. We also know that teens are using condoms more than they were in the past. These are good signs, and we just want to make sure this continues."

Brooke says so far the clinic will only be open once a month, but she hopes more days will be added in the future. 

The Free Access Clinic for Teens at Edgerton is open on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:30 to 4:30 pm.