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What is Teen Maze?

Teen Maze is a FREE and fun event where you have the opportunity to join other teens in exploring making the best decisions for your future. Just like in real life, each decision you make in this maze has a consequence. Join us on Saturday, March 17, at CGTC Titans Arena to find out where your decisions take you!

What to expect

Through this interactive maze, you’ll encounter different situations and outcomes that will greatly impact your opportunity to “win” or graduate. Some of these situations include a car crash scene, drunk driving simulation and going to court or jail. You’ll also learn about the consequences and responsibilities involving: dating, safe sex, drug abuse and so much more.

Why should I attend Teen Maze?

At the Teen Maze, you’ll find out what happens when you make good life decisions… and you’ll see how drastically a bad decision can change your life. After this event, you’ll be able to make informed decisions that could increase your chance of graduating and achieving your goals. Teen Maze is hosted by Macon-Bibb County Health Department in partnership with many community organizations.

How can I sign up?

You can register online right now! 

Once you sign up, you’ll need to complete the following forms before you attend Teen Maze:

Can I get checked for STDs without my parents knowing?

Can I get checked for STDs without my parents knowing?

Yes! The Teen Health Center provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services for those aged 11- 19. We always encourage you to include a trusted adult when making health decisions, however we understand that isn’t possible for everyone.

We can’t legally share your information

There are many laws that protect your rights which prevent us sharing your information without your knowledge.
**Please note: If you inform the staff that you are experiencing some form of violence, or have the intent to harm yourself or others, we are legally responsible to report this information.**

What rights do I have as a minor?

Your health and safety are always our main concern. As a minor under the age of 18, you can receive the following services without parental approval:

  • Contraceptive care and counseling
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Pregnancy options counseling
  • STD testing and treatment
  • HIV testing
  • Substance abuse services
  • Labor and delivery services (pregnancy and birth services)

Please note: Abortions do require parental notification. We do not provide abortions or the abortion pill at the Teen Health Center.

What can I buy as a minor?

There are plenty of items you can purchase to protect yourself and your partner against STDs, even if you’re under 18. BONUS: You can get all of the services listed here for FREE at the Teen Health Center. These are totally confidential services!

  • Male condoms
  • Female condoms
  • Lubrication
  • Emergency contraception (Learn the difference between emergency contraception vs. the abortion pill. The abortion pill cannot be purchased by a minor, and is not available at the Teen Health Center.)
  • Pregnancy tests

Interested in finding out more about Teen Health Services and your rights? Check it out!

What if I’m pregnant?

May is Teen Pregnancy prevention month, and too many teens become unintentionally pregnant every year. Keep reading to learn how to prevent a surprise pregnancy, and what to do if you think you’re pregnant.

How Do I Prevent Pregnancy?

The only way to prevent pregnancy 100% is to abstain (not have sex at all). That doesn’t work for everyone so it’s important if you are having sex to think about using birth control. There are birth control methods that you use every time you have sex such as condoms, spermicides or diaphragms, or methods you use more often like the pill, birth control shot, ring or patch.

Long term reversible methods can be placed once by a healthcare professional, and will last for 3-10 years with no daily maintenance, pills or patches to remember. These are the most effective methods, and if you’re a teen, you can get yours at the Teen Health Center for free! Call us at (478) 238-4276 now or talk with a trained professional about which method or methods would be best for you and your situation.

I Think I Might Be Pregnant

A pregnancy test is the only way to know if you are pregnant. You can buy these at the drugstore or visit a local health department or doctor’s office for one. It’s important to keep track of your periods every month to know what is going on with your body. Writing it on the calendar can be useful, or you can use an app on your smartphone to track when you get your period, when you have sex and when you may ovulate. Clue, Spot on, and Period Tracker are a few you can download for free!

I’m Pregnant and I’m Scared

If you find out you’re pregnant, DON’T hide it! Tell someone you trust or visit a health care professional to discuss your options. Should you choose to carry the pregnancy, getting care early and often is important. Not ready to be a parent just yet? That’s ok! Adoption and abortion are options too; talk with a professional who can point you in the right direction.

You can always reach out to the Teen Health Center with questions about teen pregnancy. Call us at (478) 238-4276 or send an anonymous text message to (478) 796-5367.

Learn more about teen pregnancy and prevention at these sites:

Are the morning after pill and abortion pill different?

You had sex and there’s a chance that you could become pregnant–if you’ve ever needed emergency contraceptive, it’s now! Good thing you have options!

The Morning After Pill

The morning after pill is a form of hormonal contraception that can be taken up to five days (!) after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. It’s not an abortion! This pill simply prevents or delays ovulation and/or interferes with sperm movement and implantation … meaning the sperm never gets the chance to fertilize your egg. *Whew!*

The morning after pill is taken as a one-time dose. You can get it at many health departments (including the Teen Health Center here in Macon) or over the counter at many drug stores. The sooner you take it after unprotected sex, the better the chances of preventing pregnancy.

Fun Fact: The Teen Health Center can provide the morning after pill to you for free!

The Abortion Pill

The abortion pill, on the other hand, is used to end a pregnancy, and it’s not available at the health department or the drug store. You can only get the abortion pill if you are confirmed pregnant, and can only be prescribed by a specially trained healthcare provider.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Bet you didn’t realize–getting an IUD can actually work as emergency contraception, too! IUDs are temporary devices that are placed in your uterus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. If you have an IUD placed shortly after having unprotected sex, it can also help prevent pregnancy. IUDs must be placed by a trained healthcare provider, and are available here at the Teen Health Center.

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