Confidentiality means privacy. If you are under the age of 18, some clinics can provide services to you without your guardian’s permission.
Even though you do not have to ask your parents or guardians for permission, it is a good idea to talk with them or another trusted adult about the medical care you need. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please confirm with your medical provider.
It is your right to get sexual and reproductive health care where you feel safe and comfortable. Therefore, if you are a minor and have a situation where your parents can not be involved, it is very important for you to ask the following questions:
- Can I receive services at your office without my parents or guardians permission?
- Will my parents or guardians have access to my medical records?
- Will my parents or guardians receive a bill for my visit?