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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 is confidentiality?

We keep mentioning confidentiality over and over again … but what do we mean?

We Can’t Share Your Health Information

As healthcare providers, we’re required by law to keep all personal health information private unless we receive written consent. That means you can visit to talk about health issues, get STD or pregnancy testing, pick up condoms or birth control, or do something else entirely—and we won’t be able to tell anyone you were there unless you give us permission to do so.

Don’t ever worry that we’ll tell your parents, your neighbors or your friends that you came to the Teen Health Center. We promise to always respect your right to privacy.

No Permission Needed / Free Services

We understand that it’s not always easy for you to talk openly with your parents about health and body issues. Some teens can’t talk to their parents because of problems at home, like physical violence, sexual abuse or emotional abuse.

Whatever the reason, we want you to be healthy. That’s why we don’t require parental permission for you to visit the Teen Health Center. And that’s also why all services provided at the Teen Health Center are completely free!

What Services Are Confidential?

You may seek treatment without the permission of your parents for certain conditions, such as treatment for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, mental health concerns, and substance abuse.

Have more questions about our confidential services?

  • Call us: (478) 238-4276
  • Text us: (478) 796-5359