Do I need a parent to get treated for bv? I’m 16 yrs old

Great question!

It is  important to know is that in the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access any 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.

With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult in their life that they can talk to about their sexual health- whether it be a parent, a teacher, a coach, or an aunt or uncle. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need. Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required!

Bacterial vaginitis, or BV, is an organic infection in which normal healthy bacteria are absent from the vagina, and other bacteria are present in abnormally high numbers.  In some people, BV will occur naturally right before or right after menstruation, then resolve itself. In other cases, the imbalance may require medical treatment.

If you think you are having symptoms of BV, you can come to Teen Clinic to get tested and potentially get treatment. To make an appointment give us a call at 303-442-5160