Sexuality refers to how you feel and act in terms of sex. There are some related terms that may be confusing to understand. Gender identity is different from sexuality. This refers to how you view yourself in terms of gender. You may see yourself as male or female.
Homosexuality: Facts for Teens
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Most teens, whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual , or straight, are not sexually active. In fact, not having sex is the only way to be completely protected against sexually transmitted infections STIs. But if you choose to have sex, make sure you know the risks and how to stay safe. Avoid using drugs or alcohol to relieve depression , anxiety , and low self-esteem. Doing so can lead to addiction.
You and Your Sexuality
Adolescence is the dawn of sexual attraction. It happens due to the hormonal changes of puberty. These changes involve both the body and the mind — so just thinking about someone attractive can cause physical arousal. These new feelings can be intense, confusing, sometimes even overwhelming.
Most adolescents and adults identify themselves as heterosexual. However, paediatricians and other health care providers must be aware of the significant psychological, social and medical issues that face young people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. Almost all of these issues arise from the stigmatization that these youth face, rather than from the orientation itself 1 , 2.