Yes! In the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or get any other sexual healthcare without their parents being involved at all. In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else!) without an individual’s permission.
Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services. If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! If you are 18 or 19, Teen Clinic will base the cost of your visit on your income or however you are supporting yourself financially. With that being said, many teens’ services will still be free. For others, there may be a small flat cost for your services. This means that if you come in for an STI test and end up starting birth control too, you’ll still only pay the initial co-pay talked about at the beginning of the visit; no hidden charges! Even with some of our services requiring payment, the most a teen would ever pay is $50! The prices in Teen Clinic are discounted versions of what you might pay at our Family Planning clinic.
Most of our services require a scheduled appointment. A UTI visit is something that you need to make an appointment for. To make an appointment, click here.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s explain what a UTI is. A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) occurs in the urinary system, typically beginning in the bladder and urethra. The infection develops from bacteria entering the urethra and growing. Women contract UTIs more frequently than men because the urethra is shorter on female anatomy so bacteria can spread quickly to the bladder. Symptom’s of UTIs can include:
- A strong, persistent urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine that appears bright pink or cola colored — a sign of blood in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain, in women
- Rectal pain, in men
If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor or call Teen Clinic ASAP.
UTIs are very uncomfortable and can lead to more serious infections in the kidneys, so it’s important to treat it with doctor prescribed antibiotics promptly.