Going to a clinic for various health services can be worrisome since it is not clear what your rights are and/or what level of privacy is included.  Check out this blog to learn more!!

How do I know if my parent(s) or guardian will find out?

Many states have exceptions to parental consent or notification laws for sexual health services like and abortion or HIV testing. For example, in California, if you are 12-years-old or older, testing and treatment for STIs and HIV are confidential.

However, in Illinois, if you are 12-years-old or older, testing and treatment for STIs and HIV do not require parental consent, but your doctor may legally discuss this with your parents.  This doesn’t mean that they will. If you are unsure, you should ask at the clinic or doctor’s office, because you have a right to know.

What are the laws in my state?

It’s important to look at the laws in your state, and we recommend Sex Etc.’s Sex in the States. This state-by-state map explains what your rights are on eleven topics, including LGBTQ rights, condoms, and even sexual health education! It will also tell you what age you have to be for each law to apply. Guttmacher Institute is another great resource that has overviews of state policies related to teen health.

We are an LGBTQ Health & Development Research Group @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Our work focuses on improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults.
www.impactprogram.org - visit our site for more LGBTQ youth sex & health development info!

We are an LGBTQ Health & Development Research Group @ Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.  Our work focuses on improving the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults.

www.impactprogram.org - visit our site for more LGBTQ youth sex & health development info!