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Adolescent Health Clinic

The UCSF Teen Health Clinics and UCSF Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic offer comprehensive care for patients ages 11 to 26. With training and expertise in all aspects of adolescent health – physical, emotional, psychological and sexual – our team of experts provides the best possible care.

The teams at these clinics include doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians and other specialists trained to handle the complex needs of today's adolescents. We value our patients as individuals and consider every aspect of their lives as part of addressing their unique physical and mental wellness issues. As they move into adulthood, we provide gender-affirming care and care that recognizes the impact of past trauma.

We also care for special populations, such as runaways and teens placed outside the home. In addition, for needs related to gender identity, our specialists provide services in the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center.

All our clinics offer these services:

  • General primary care
  • Vaccinations
  • Gynecologic care, such as Pap tests and contraception
  • Prevention, identification and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP)
  • Menstrual management for such conditions as heavy menstrual bleeding or irregular periods
  • Care for complex medical conditions and psychosocial issues, including abdominal pain, chronic fatigue and other concerns affecting daily life
  • Counseling for behavioral concerns, such as anxiety, depression, school challenges, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep issues

At our Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic, we also provide support for dealing with:

  • Eating disorders, including medical assessment, management, nutrition evaluation and counseling for patients with eating, nutrition and weight concerns
  • Substance use, including diagnosis of issues and recommendations for treatment, such as medication therapy for addiction

For many of the services we provide, patients who are 12 to 17 years old have the legal right to confidentiality when they consent to their own treatment. California laws protecting teen confidentiality were written to encourage young people to get the health care they need.

Confidential services include the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; substance use counseling; and mental health care. We encourage teens to talk with their parents about their needs and concerns, but generally these decisions are their own unless a health issue poses a serious danger.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Child's Care Team

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    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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    School Re-Entry Program

    We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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