Planned Parenthood

New York City

Teens' Rights to Services & Confidentiality

Planned Parenthood of New York City is here to help you!

All teens are welcome at our health centers, no matter how old you are, your ability to pay, or your immigration status. To find the PPNYC health center nearest to you, type your zip code in the “Find a Health Center” box at the top of this page.  To make an appointment, call (212) 965-7000 or (800) 230-PLAN.

We offer sexual and reproductive health check-ups for females and males. We can get you started on hormonal birth control methods (pills, shot, patch, and ring) without needing to have an exam first. We also encourage you to use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. You can be tested for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections at any of our centers.

PPNYC respects your right to confidentiality.  New York State law allows teens to consent to confidential family planning services and reproductive health care, including abortion.  This means you can make an appointment and get any of these services at our health centers without asking your parents’ permission:

  • All types of birth control
  • Prescription for emergency contraception (“Plan B”), or you can get it without a prescription at PPNYC or any pharmacy if you are 17 or older
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) counseling, testing, and treatment
  • HIV/AIDS counseling and testing
  • Abortion (medication and surgical)
  • After your visit, your parents will not be told about the care you received if you don’t want to tell them.

If you’re not sure how you can afford to pay for care, or if you already have insurance and don’t know if we accept it, you should still come to PPNYC. We have entitlement counselors who will talk with you to figure out how you can get the health services you seek. You do not need to get your parents’ permission or submit their income when applying for most public insurance or seeking financial assistance for family planning and reproductive health care.  And we will keep your application confidential.

Teen Nights at PPNYC's Health Centers
Get to know PPNYC by attending one of the special Teen Nights we host at our Manhattan, Bronx, and Brooklyn health centers!  PPNYC's teenaged peer educators, the Teen Advocates, present interactive workshops at Teen Nights.  These special Teen Nights occur about once a month.  For more information, contact PPNYC's Teen Advocate Program Coordinator at (212) 274-7263.

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Teens' Rights to Services & Confidentiality