No! If someone has (or thinks they have) an STD or STI (sexually transmitted infection), they can come to Teen Clinic and receive confidential treatment.
Actually, 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.
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.
If you think you have an STI, make an appointment as soon as possible and abstain from any sexual contact. Give us a call with more questions!