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Teen Confidentiality

Confidentiality means that you have privacy when you, as a young person, talk with your doctor or nurse about certain issues, like sex, drugs, or any emotional/mental issues.

What should I talk to the doctor or nurse about?

You can talk to your doctor or nurse about ANYTHING! Inform your doctor or nurse of the following:

  • If you think you might be pregnant
  • If you need birth control or Emergency Contraception/Plan B (morning-after pill)
  • If you think you have a sexually transmitted infection
  • If you need information about alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use
  • If you are being hurt by someone
  • If you want to talk about personal, school, or family issues, or feelings about sex and sexuality

What will my doctor or nurse tell my parents?

Even though you don’t have to ask your parents, it’s a good idea to talk with them or another adult you trust about the medical care you need. We want you to be safe! If you have any questions about confidentiality, please ask us.

HOWEVER…
Some things cannot remain confidential (private). Your health care provider will need to contact someone else to help if you are being abused, physically and/or sexually.

The Truth about Your Privacy/Your Rights

Privacy means that when you, as a young person, have tests, receive treatment, and talk with us about certain things, we cannot tell anyone you are our patient without your permission. Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio also complies with all local, state, and federal reporting laws.

We encourage teens to discuss their health care concerns with parents or other trusted adults, but you can give us your own permission for these things:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Birth control methods
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing & treatment
  • Abortion services*

*For abortion services WITHOUT parent or guardian permission, you must be at least 18 years or older, or have a judicial bypass if you are 17 years or younger and do not have the consent of a parent or guardian.

You can also talk to us about sex and sexuality, and be assured it will remain private.


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