Would we withhold insulin from diabetic children?” asks Lori Heninger. “Then why are we sending our kids out in the world without information about sex?” Heninger is the executive director of HiTOPS (Health-Interested Teens Own Program on Sexuality), which has empowered youth with sexual health care and education for past 20 years. Its Princeton, New Jersey, clinic offers HIV testing, STD screening, pap smears and birth control services for a low fee. It also provides such adult-facilitated and peer-led programs as the Teen Council—in which high school seniors trained in leadership, HIV/AIDS and safer-sex practices travel throughout the state, offering skits and workshops. After a day with HiTOPS (hitops.org), POZ felt like a kid again.
A day in the life of HiTops, New Jersey’s only clinic designed solely for teen sexual health