SAHM Position & Statement Papers
- Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of mortality and severe morbidity among adolescents and young adults. All states have changed their drivers' licensure laws to make the process of obtaining a license more protracted and focused on the development of safe driving skills. Health care providers who counsel children and adolescents should actively address safe driving with them, and also involve their parents in this discussion. Additionally, they should also advocate for strict and uniform graduated licensure laws.
- New opportunities now exist in the United States to achieve significant health care reform. The Society for Adolescent Medicine believes that health care reform must address the needs of everyone, whatever their age, race, national origin, income level, social circumstance, or health care needs. To achieve reforms that are meaningful for all, it is essential to address the specific needs of adolescents. Many aspects of health care reform that are needed for adults and for younger children will also help adolescents.
- The Society for Adolescent Medicine issued its first position paper on the subject of HIV/AIDS in adolescents in 1994 . In the ensuing decade, great progress has been made in our scientific understanding of the virus at the root of this 25-year pandemic, in the diagnosis and treatment of people living with HIV, and in the prevention of perinatal transmission. However, great challenges remain for those of us working to prevent HIV/AIDS in adolescents and young adults and to provide treatment and care and support for those who already are infected.