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I had sex, and my parents can’t know, they would kill me. How do get checked for HIV, AIDS, or Pregnancy and anything related to all that, without them knowing? I’m under the age of 16 and I’m freaking OUT. Please help me!

In general, parental permission is not needed for STD testing. However, there may be certain locations where, for one reason or another, a health care provider will require parental permission. Check with your provider about her or his policy. If you contact your local Planned Parenthood, they can tell you whether you can get confidential health care.

If you think you might be pregnant, the first thing you need to do is find out for sure, either by going to a health clinic for testing or by taking a home pregnancy test. You can contact your local Planned Parenthood health center to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test.

Home pregnancy tests are available at pharmacies. They usually cost about $8–$15. Pregnancy tests are effective early — as soon as a few days after a missed period. But to get an accurate result, be sure to follow the directions on the package exactly.

Women who take home pregnancy tests often go to clinics to have the results confirmed by a health care provider. Also, if the test is positive, and you’re pregnant, the provider can offer information about your pregnancy options.

Tags: STD testing, pregnancy, parents